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Rawson, Claude Julien

Swift and others / Claude Rawson. - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015. - xiii, 301 pages ; 23 cm

Includes bibliographical references (pages 268-293) and index.

Machine generated contents note: Introduction; Part I. The Legacy of A Tale of a Tub, 1704-2009: 1. The typographical ego-trip from 'Dryden' to Prufrock; Part II. Swift and Others: 2. Mandeville and Swift; 3. The sleep of the dunces: 4. Pope, the couplet and Johnson; 5. Intimacies of antipathy: Johnson and Swift; 6. An unclubbable life: Sir John Hawkins on Johnson (and Swift); 7. Cooling to a gypsy's lust: Johnson, Shakespeare and Cleopatra; 8. Gibbon, Swift and irony; 9. 'The amorous effect of 'brass'': showing, telling and money in Emma; Part III. Three Occasional Pieces: 10. The soft wanton god: Rochester; 11. William Congreve; 12. Unparodying and forgery: the Augustan Chatterton.

"Jonathan Swift's influence on the writings and politics of England and Ireland was reinforced by a combination of contradictory forces: an authoritarian attachment to tradition and rule, and a vivid responsiveness to the disorders of a modernity he resisted and yet helped to create. He was, perhaps even more than Pope, a dominant voice of his times. The rich variety of the literary culture to which he belonged shows the penetration of his ideas, personality and style. This is true of writers who were his friends and admirers (Pope), of adversaries (Mandeville, Johnson), of several who became great ironists in his shadow (Gibbon, Austen), and of some surprising examples of Swiftian afterlife (Chatterton). Claude Rawson, leading scholar of the works of Swift, brings together recent essays, as well as classic earlier work extensively revised, to offer fresh insights into an era when Swift's voice was a pervasive presence"--

9781107610125 (Paperback)


Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 --Influence.

PR3727 / .R325 2015


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