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Chapter 6 - Popular Culture

from Part II - Publishing History and Legacy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 May 2024

Joseph Hone
Affiliation:
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Pat Rogers
Affiliation:
University of South Florida
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Swift obviously built his writings on some of the traditions of high culture, such as the classical literature of Greek and Rome, but he also drew on an alternative heritage deriving from less august sources. This chapter provides a concise account of the uses Swift made in his writings of some topics and forms that stood outside the mainstream of polite literature in his day. This includes sections on his hoaxes and parodies; his interactions with the material and practices of Grub Street; his use of the street ballad form; his treatment of daily, chiefly urban, life; and his description of popular entertainments in Gulliver.

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Print publication year: 2024

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  • Popular Culture
  • Edited by Joseph Hone, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Pat Rogers, University of South Florida
  • Book: Jonathan Swift in Context
  • Online publication: 02 May 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108917254.010
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  • Popular Culture
  • Edited by Joseph Hone, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Pat Rogers, University of South Florida
  • Book: Jonathan Swift in Context
  • Online publication: 02 May 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108917254.010
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  • Popular Culture
  • Edited by Joseph Hone, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Pat Rogers, University of South Florida
  • Book: Jonathan Swift in Context
  • Online publication: 02 May 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108917254.010
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