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

Author: G Douglas Atkins
Publisher: [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Series: Palgrave pivot.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Atkins, G. Douglas.
Swift's satires on modernism.
[S.l.] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
(OCoLC)814372785
Named Person: Jonathan Swift; Jonathan Swift
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: G Douglas Atkins
ISBN: 9781137311047 1137311045 1137311622 9781137311627 9781283893404 1283893401
OCLC Number: 820429120
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: The Spider and the Bee: Ancients vs. Moderns and the Battle of the Books --
1. The World Swift Saw Aborning --
2. The Priesthood of All Readers:'This good had full as bad a Consequence' --
3. Swift and the Modern Personal Essay: "A Tale of a Tub" and 'A Modest Proposal' --
4. Tripping and Troping, Inside and Out:Surface, Depth, and the 'Converting Imagination' in "A Tale of a Tub" --
5. '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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