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Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels
A Routledge Study Guide

Edited By

Roger D. Lund

ISBN 9780415700214
Published July 24, 2006 by Routledge
224 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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Roger Lund is Fallon Professor of English at Le Moyne College, USA, and has written widely on Eighteenth-Century literature.