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Jonathan Swift in the company of women

Author: Louise K Barnett
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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"Jonathan Swift was the subject of gossip and criticism in his own time concerning his relations with women and his representations of them in his writings. For over twenty years he regarded Esther Johnson, "Stella," as "his most valuable friend," yet he is reputed never to have seen her alone. From his time to our own there has been speculation that the two were secretly married - since their relationship seemed so  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Barnett, Louise K.
Jonathan Swift in the company of women.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)607876372
Online version:
Barnett, Louise K.
Jonathan Swift in the company of women.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608201809
Named Person: Jonathan Swift; Jonathan Swift; Vanessa; Esther Johnson; Swift; Swift; Vanessa; Johnson; Esther Vanhomrigh; Jonathan Swift; Esther Johnson; Esther Johnson; Jonathan Swift; Vanessa
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Louise K Barnett
ISBN: 0195188667 9780195188660
OCLC Number: 64585720
Description: xi, 225 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Love dramas --
Stella: "A conjugall love without any conjugall act" --
Vanessa: the questions --
After Stella: the constant seraglio --
Maternity --
The question of misogyny --
Swift and women critics.
Responsibility: Louise Barnett.
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Building upon research on the history of women, this book examines Jonathan Swift, both as man and writer, in terms of women. It considers women as mothers and nurses in Swift's personal life and his  Read more...

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...a succinct, judicious and persuasive piece. Bonnie Latimer MLR a splendid book... David Nokes, TLS

 
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