Jonathan Swift And Popular Culture: Myth, Media, and the Man

Paperback | June 24, 2008

byAnn Cline Kelly

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Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title!

 

 

Ann Kelly’s provocative book breaks the mold of Swift studies. 20th-century scholars have tended to assess Jonathan Swift as a pillar of the 18th-century “republic of letters," a conservative, even reactionary voice upholding classical values against the welling tide of popularization in literature. Kelly’s Swift is instead a practical exponent of the popular and impresario of the literary image. She argues that Swift turned his back on the elite to write for a popular audience, and that he annexed scandals to his fictionalized print alter ego, creating a continual demand for works by or about this self-mythologized figure. A fascinating look at popular print media, the commodification of the author, culture formation, and modern myth making, this book opens new ground in our understanding of one of the greatest English writers.

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Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title!  Ann Kelly’s provocative book breaks the mold of Swift studies. 20th-century scholars have tended to assess Jonathan Swift as a pillar of the 18th-century “republic of letters," a conservative, even reactionary voice upholding classical values against the welling tide of popularization i...

Ann Cline Kelly has been writing on Jonathan Swift for 30 years. She is Professor of English at Howard University, and the author of Swift and the English Language.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.59 inPublished:June 24, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230602347

ISBN - 13:9780230602342

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Table of Contents

Republic of Letters vs. Republica Grubstreetaria, 1690-1711 * Master of Surprises, 1712-1728 * Intimations of Mortality and Immortality, 1729-1745 * Unconventional Love, Sex and Marriage: The Swiftian Romance * Tragic Scenarios: Madness, Suffering and Death * Jestbook Swift: The Return of the Repressed * Taboo to Totem: Swift as Epic Hero

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"Kelly's literate and enjoyable style makes her work accessible and interesting to undergraduates and specialists alike."--Choice