Representations of Swift (Google eBook)

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Brian A. Connery
University of Delaware Press, 2002 - Literary Collections - 310 pages
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This collection offers not only the "representations of Swift" to which its title refers but also a representation of Swift scholarship at the close of the twentieth century and a return to fundamental questions about the life. writing, and views of Swift. issues raised in part by literary scholarship's return to historicism but also powerfully suggestive of a return to biography: What was Swift's attitude toward and relation with Ireland? What was the nature of his relationships, both literary and personal, with women? What were his literary goals? His literary disappointments? What was his relation with the poor in the Liberties of St. Patrick's? What does his work say to us about the present moment? These thirteen essays, from both young scholars and distinguished authors of landmark studies, are remarkable for their relentless curiosity about the man who produced the work. his representations by others, his teasing of readers with gaps and fragments, his playful and serious disguises, and his rampant ironies.
  

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Contents

The Tale Temple and Swifts Irish Aesthetic
25
The Fiction of Incompletion in A Tale of a Tub
41
Swifts Tale the Renaissance Anatomy and Humanist Polemic
57
Swift
75
The Authorial Strategies of Swifts Verses on the Death
77
Johnsons Life of Swift and the Contours of Biographical Inheritance in Late EighteenthCentury England
99
The Rupert Barber Portraits of Jonathan Swift
117
Swifts Mythopoeic Authority
150
Swift Reynolds and the Lower Orders
195
Swift and Ireland
215
The Valence of Ambivalence
217
The Drapier the Bishop and the Problems of Colonial Representation
236
Coda Swift Today
267
Prospects from a Late TwentiethCentury Perspective
269
Select Bibliography
286
Notes on Contributors
300

Swifts Dialogical Strategies in the Letters and the Life
159
Gender Class Swift
179
A Feminist Perspective on Swifts Life
181

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Jonathan Swift
Ian Higgins
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About the author (2002)

Brian A. Connery is professor of English at Oakland University. He is the co-editor of Theorizing Satire: Essays in Literary Criticism (with Kirk Combe) and the editor of Representations of Swift.

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