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Order from Confusion Sprung

Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature from Swift to Cowper, 1st Edition

By Claude Rawson


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Originally published in 1985, Order From Confusion Sprung brings together some of Claude Rawson's more important essays and articles on eighteenth-century subjects, most belong to the last decade or so, but a few earlier pieces have also been included. Swift, Pope and Fielding are extensively treated, and there are discussions of Johnson, Boswell, Cowper, as well as some authors of the so-called Sentimental School. The volume also contains reappraisals of the concepts underlying such terms as 'neo-classic' and 'Augustan' in their application to eighteenth-century literature, and comments forthrightly on prevailing trends in the academic study of the subject in the last two decades.

Table of Contents



Texts and Editions Used

Part I: Swift

1. The Characters of Swift’s Satire: Reflections on Swift, Johnson, and Human Restlessness

2. Gulliver’s Travels and Some Modern Fictions

3. A Reading of A Modest Proposal

Part II: Swift, Pope and Augustan Verse Satire

4. Swifts Poems

5. Slaughtering Satire

6. Pope’s Waste Land: Reflections on Mock-Heroic

7. Pope’s ‘Opus Magnum’ and An Essay on Man

8. ‘Neo-classic’ and ‘Augustan’

Part III: Fielding

9. Dialogue and Authorial Presence in Fielding’s Novels and Plays

10. A Journal From This World to the Next

11. Empson’s Tom Jones

Part IV: Others

12. Notes on ‘Delicacy’

13. π -ious Boswell

14. William Cowper and Christopher Smart

Part V: Appendix

15. More Providence than Wit: Some Recent Approaches to Eighteenth-Century Literature


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 18th Century