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Chapter 3 - Re-Viewing Swift

from Part I - Starting Points

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 February 2020

Moyra Haslett
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Queen's University Belfast
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Recent levels of scholarly activity suggest that Jonathan Swift and Edmund Burke remain the pre-eminent Irish writers of the period 1700–1780. Swift’s works are currently being newly edited under the auspices of Cambridge University Press and a new edition of his Correspondence was completed in 2014. It is timely, therefore, to take stock of how these and other bibliographical and critical resources have altered our approach to Swift. The present chapter conducts this assessment, first by looking at the kind of normative critical approach with which the author was himself furnished when encountering Swift as a student; and subsequently by surveying the areas of biography, Irish studies, and book history in which research activity since 2010 has been intense. The chapter discusses recent critical approaches to Swift, identifying the paradigms which studies of this highly controversial writer create and challenge, asking what it means to read Swift in the twenty-first century.

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  • Re-Viewing Swift
  • Edited by Moyra Haslett, Queen's University Belfast
  • Book: Irish Literature in Transition, 1700–1780
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108689045.005
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  • Re-Viewing Swift
  • Edited by Moyra Haslett, Queen's University Belfast
  • Book: Irish Literature in Transition, 1700–1780
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108689045.005
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  • Re-Viewing Swift
  • Edited by Moyra Haslett, Queen's University Belfast
  • Book: Irish Literature in Transition, 1700–1780
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108689045.005
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