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Atkins, G. Douglas (George Douglas), 1943-
Swift's satires on modernism : battlegrounds of reading and writing / G. Douglas Atkins
Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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 4th Floor  PR3728.S2 A85 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject(s) Satire, English -- History and criticism
Physical Description vii, 103 p. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 96-99) and index
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.'"--Publisher's website
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
NOTE 531124
Series Palgrave pivot

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