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Swift's Politics : A Study in Disaffection - Ian Higgins

Swift's Politics

A Study in Disaffection

Hardcover Published: 27th May 1994
ISBN: 9780521418140
Number Of Pages: 248

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Modern scholarship has represented Jonathan Swift as both an Old Whig and a non-Jacobite Tory. Ian Higgins' contextual reassessment of Swift's political writing and recorded opinion considers the interpretative problems they present. It explores the consonance of Swift's political writing with militant Jacobite Tory writing on affairs of Church and State, and demonstrates Swift's dissimilarity from the Old Whig writers with whom modern criticism has misleadingly identified him. Swift's writings of the 1690s, during the last four years of Queen Anne's reign, and after the Hanoverian succession are shown to contain Jacobitical political implications when examined in their context in the 'paper wars' of the period. Higgins concentrates on the partisan meanings of the great satires A Tale of a Tub and Gulliver's Travels, and represents Swift (as he was read by his contemporaries) as a disaffected High Church Anglican extremist with Jacobite inclinations.

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'An exceptionally learned and persuasive study.' Brean S. Hammond, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth

List of abbreviations
Swift-s political character
Revolution, reaction and literary representation: Swift-s Jacobite Tory contexts
The politics of A Tale of a Tub
The politics of Gulliver-s Travels
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ISBN: 9780521418140
ISBN-10: 0521418143
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature a
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 27th May 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.54