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Author Atkins, G. Douglas (George Douglas), 1943-

Title Swift's satires on modernism : battlegrounds of reading and writing / G. Douglas Atkins
Published [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012


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Series Palgrave pivot
Palgrave pivot.
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."
Summary 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 currents of Swift's time, with an eye on the implications for the present day - G. Douglas Atkins brings forty-plus years of scholarly and critical experience to bear on some of the greatest satires ever written. The study reveals new contexts for understanding Swift's satires, including post-Reformation reading practices and the development of the modern personal essay. This book revisits, from fresh perspectives, the late seventeenth-century version of the perennial warfare between Ancients and Moderns, then often instanced as 'the battle of the books.'
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 96-99) and index
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Subject Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 -- History and criticism
Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745
Satire, English -- History and criticism
Modernism (Literature)
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 -- c 1600 to c 1700.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Modernism (Literature)
Satire, English
Engelsk satir -- historia.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781137311047