Originally published in 1991, Gulliver and the Gentle Reader critically examines the writing of Jonathan Swift. The book is predominately concerned with what Rawson coins ‘the "unofficial" energies’ which work below the surface of Swift’s conscious themes. Alongside this discussion, Rawson provides detailed studies on historical, cultural and psychological relationships, and the connections that exist between these areas and more extreme writers of the later period such as Breton, Mailer, and Yeats, as well as the connections with the writers such as his contemporary Pope, and those that followed such as Johnson, and Sterne. This book will be of interest to students of literature, as well as those researching in the area of literature.
Preface to the First Edition
1. Gulliver and the Gentle Reader
2. Order and Cruelty: Swift, Pope and Johnson
3. ‘Tis Only Infinite Below: Swift, with Reflections on Yeats, Wallace Stevens and R.D. Laing
4. Circles, Catalogues and Conversations: Swift, with Reflections on Fielding, Flaubert and Ionesco
5. Catalogues, Corpses and Cannibals: Swift and Mailer, with Reflections on Whitman, Conrad and Others
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