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Swift's satires on modernism : battlegrounds of reading and writing

Author: G Douglas Atkins
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Series: Palgrave pivot.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"More than three centuries since their first publication, Jonathan Swift's A Tale of a Tub, 'The Battle of the Books, ' 'The Mechanical Operation of the Spirit, ' and An Argument against Abolishing Christianity remain striking, prescient, and still-relevant challenges to Modern commitments to inwardness, reflection, and spiritualism. In this lively and engaging study - grounded in the intellectual and historical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Jonathan Swift; Jonathan Swift; Jonathan Swift; Jonathan Swift
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G Douglas Atkins
ISBN: 9781137311627 1137311622
OCLC Number: 814372785
Description: vii, 103 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the spider and the bee : ancients vs. moderns and The battle of the books --
The world Swift saw aborning --
The priesthood of all readers : 'This good had full as bad a consequence' --
Swift and the modern personal essay : A tale of a tub and 'A modest proposal' --
Tripping and troping, inside and out : surface, depth, and the 'converting imagination' in A tale of a tub --
'The physical act of worship, not the mental act of belief or assent' : reading An argument against abolishing Christianity.
Series Title: Palgrave pivot.
Responsibility: G. Douglas Atkins.

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More than three centuries later, Jonathan Swift's writing remains striking and relevant. In this engaging study, Atkins brings forty-plus years of critical experience to bear on some of the greatest  Read more...

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