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The Body in Swift and Defoe : Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought - Carol Houlihan Flynn

The Body in Swift and Defoe

Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought

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This extended study of the treatment of the physical, material nature of the human body in the works of Jonathan Swift and Daniel Defoe examines the role that literary invention (with its rhetorical and linguistic strategies) plays in expressing and exploring the problems of physicality. The book takes up a wide range of issues relating to the body such as sexuality, cannibalism, scatology, and the fear of contagion. In an eclectic synthesis of recent critical approaches, Professor Flynn draws insight from biographical and psychoanalytic criticism as well as social history. Application of feminist theory offers an original and challenging discussion of renditions of female sexuality in both Defoe and Swift.

"...Flynn is at her very best as cultural and literary critic: she enters eighteenth-century conflicts and shows us how they provide a social context for a wide body of literary and cultural texts." Carol Barash, Eighteenth-Century Studies

Introduction: literary remains: the body as matter for text
Dull organs: the matter of the body in the plague year
The burthen in the belly
Consuming desires: Defoe's sexual systems
Flesh and blood: Swift's sexual strategies
The ladies: d--ned, insolent, proud, unmannerly sluts
Chains of consumption: the bodies of the poor
Consumptive fictions: cannibalism in Defoe and Swift
Afterword: ... suppose me dead; and then suppose ...
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ISBN: 9780521382687
ISBN-10: 0521382688
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 6th November 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.52