An extremely complex, yet widely studied text, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels ranks as one of the most scathing satires of British and European society ever published. Students will therefore welcome the publication of Roger Lund’s sourcebook, which provides a clear way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surounds the text. This indispensable guide presents:
- extensive introductory comment on the contexts and many interpretations of the text, from publication to present
- annotated extracts from key contextual documents, reviews, critical works and the text itself
- cross-references between documents and sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
- suggestions for further reading.
Part of the Routledge Gudies to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Swift’s controversial novel.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1: Contexts Contextual Overview. Chronology. Contemporary Documents. Letters to and From Jonathan Swift. Sources, Influences, and Imitations Part 2: Interpretations Critical History. Early Critical Reception Part 3: Key Passages Introduction. Key Passages. Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput Part 2: A Voyage to Brogdingnag Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib, and Japan Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms Part 4: Further Reading Editions and Text. Biographies. Essay Collections. Critical Histories and Casebooks. Book-Length Studies and Individual Essays
About the Series
Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- LITERARY CRITICISM / General
- LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading