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.
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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