The Body in Swift and Defoe: BODY IN SWIFT & DEFOE by Carol Houlihan FlynnThe Body in Swift and Defoe: BODY IN SWIFT & DEFOE by Carol Houlihan Flynn

The Body in Swift and Defoe: BODY IN SWIFT & DEFOE

byCarol Houlihan FlynnEditorHoward Erskine-Hill, John Richetti

Paperback | November 3, 2005

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This extended study of the treatment of the physical, material nature of the human body in the works of Jonathan Swift and Daniel Defoe examines the role that literary invention (with its rhetorical and linguistic strategies) plays in expressing and exploring the problems of physicality. The book takes up a wide range of issues relating to the body such as sexuality, cannibalism, scatology, and the fear of contagion. In an eclectic synthesis of recent critical approaches, Professor Flynn draws insight from biographical and psychoanalytic criticism as well as social history. Application of feminist theory offers an original and challenging discussion of renditions of female sexuality in both Defoe and Swift.
Title:The Body in Swift and Defoe: BODY IN SWIFT & DEFOEFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:November 3, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521021650

ISBN - 13:9780521021654


Table of Contents

Introduction: literary remains: the body as matter for text; 1. Dull organs: the matter of the body in the plague year; 2. The burthen in the belly; 3. Consuming desires: Defoe's sexual systems; 4. Flesh and blood: Swift's sexual strategies; 5. The ladies: d--ned, insolent, proud, unmannerly sluts; 6. Chains of consumption: the bodies of the poor; 7. Consumptive fictions: cannibalism in Defoe and Swift; Afterword: ... suppose me dead; and then suppose ...; Notes.

Editorial Reviews

"...Flynn is at her very best as cultural and literary critic: she enters eighteenth-century conflicts and shows us how they provide a social context for a wide body of literary and cultural texts." Carol Barash, Eighteenth-Century Studies