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Gulliver's travels : the politics of satire

Author: Ronald Knowles
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers, 1996.
Series: Twayne's masterwork studies, no. 158.
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The underlying thesis of Knowles's study is that Gulliver's Travels explores a dialectic between the commonplace and the wondrous, the fictive Whiggish Gulliver and the factual "Tory" Swift. Knowles views Gulliver's Travels as a major document in eighteenth-century Europe's struggle between progress and reaction, with Swift's combative skepticism resisting all forms of "modernism." Swift's ironic viewpoint, incisive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Voyages, Imaginary
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Jonathan Swift; Jonathan Swift; Jonathan (1667-1745) Swift; Jonathan Swift
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Knowles
ISBN: 080574617X 9780805746174 0805746188 9780805746181
OCLC Number: 33439181
Description: xiii, 169 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Chronology: Jonathan Swift's Life and Works --
1. Travelers, Geographers, Wonder, and Satire: The Background of Gulliver's Travels --
2. The Importance of Gulliver's Travels --
3. The Critical Reception --
4. The Opening Satirical Frame --
5. Lilliput: The Beginning of a Dialectic --
6. Brobdingnag: Before the Philosopher King --
7. Laputa: England and Ireland --
8. Balnibarbi and Glubhdubdrib: Ancients and Moderns --
9. Houyhnhnmland: Equine Utopia --
10. The Closing Satirical Frame.
Series Title: Twayne's masterwork studies, no. 158.
Responsibility: Ronald Knowles.

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The underlying thesis of Knowles's study is that Gulliver's Travels explores a dialectic between the commonplace and the wondrous, the fictive Whiggish Gulliver and the factual "Tory" Swift. Knowles views Gulliver's Travels as a major document in eighteenth-century Europe's struggle between progress and reaction, with Swift's combative skepticism resisting all forms of "modernism." Swift's ironic viewpoint, incisive humor, and fecund imagination lend Gulliver's Travels a richness that has secured its status as a literary masterpiece; readers of Knowles's lucid commentary will come away with a renewed appreciation and understanding of this important classic.

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