Politics and Literature in the Age of Swift: English and Irish Perspectives by Claude RawsonPolitics and Literature in the Age of Swift: English and Irish Perspectives by Claude Rawson

Politics and Literature in the Age of Swift: English and Irish Perspectives

EditorClaude Rawson

Hardcover | June 28, 2010

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Jonathan Swift was the most influential political commentator of his time, in both England and Ireland. His writings are a major source for historians of the eighteenth century, as well as including some of the greatest works of satire in verse and prose. This volume presents wide-ranging new perspectives on Swift's literary and political achievement in its English and Irish contexts, bringing together some of the most energetic current scholarship on the subject in both historical and literary studies. The essays consider Swift's attitude to Dissenters, his relationship with Walpole, and his place in, and understanding of, the political demography of colonial Ireland. They also examine Swift's poems and pamphlets, and his hoaxes and satires, showing his extraordinary versatility in a wide variety of genres. Full of original insights, this volume offers a rich and important new treatment of Swift's central role in eighteenth-century political and literary culture.
Title:Politics and Literature in the Age of Swift: English and Irish PerspectivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:June 28, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521190150

ISBN - 13:9780521190152

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Table of Contents

Preface Claude Rawson; Part I. The Political Swift 1 (England): 1. Jonathan Swift's political confession Ian Higgins; 2. Situating Swift's politics in 1701 Mark Goldie; 3. Swift and Walpole Paul Langford; Part II. The Writer and His World: 4. Burying the fanatic partridge: Swift's Holy Week hoax Valerie Rumbold; 5. Swift and the art of political publication: hints and title pages, 1711-1714 James McLaverty; 6. Swift's poetics of friendship Helen Deutsch; 7. 'Now deaf 1740': entrapment, foreboding, and exorcism in late Swift David Womersley; 8. Savage indignation revisited: Swift, Yeats, and the 'cry' of liberty Claude Rawson; Part III. The Political Swift 2 (Ireland): 9. 'Paltry Underlings of State'? The character and aspirations of the 'Castle' Party, 1715-32 D. W. Hayton; 10. Old English, New English and Ancient Irish: Swift and the Irish past Sean Connolly; 11. Jonathan Swift and the Irish Colonial Project Robert Mahony; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"This serious collection of high-quality scholarship includes a number of essays that will be widely cited, with several that may become touchstone pieces. It is unquestionably a successful book..."
--Eighteenth-Century Fiction