This volume helps readers situate one of the most popular adventure novels ever written, Gulliver's Travels, within the 18th-century process of inventing and resisting Great Britain. Ideas of nationalism--both Irish and British--are questioned and explored. Gulliver's Travels is interpreted as a critique of British colonial aggression, and has special appeal for courses in British literature and Irish studies. Supplemental materials include additional writings by Swift, such as pamphlets (including the famous "A Modest Proposal"), sermons, poems, and letters. A wealth of critical essays adds further context.
About This Series Gulliver's Travels: Colonial Modernity Satirized Robert J. Griffin, A Note on the Texts I. Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings Gulliver's Travels A Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manufacture The Drapier's First Letter to the Shopkeepers, Tradesmen, Farmers, and Coommon People of Ireland Letter IV. To the Whole People of Ireland A Short View of the State of Ireland A Modest Proposal Swift's Poems "An Excellent New Song on a Seditious Pamphlet" "The Bubble" "Prometheus" "Whitshed's Motto on His Coach" "Holyhead. September 25, 1727" "Irel[an]d" "The Dean to Himself on St. Cecilia's Day" "A Libel on D[r.] D[elaney] and a Certain Great Lord" "Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D." Correspondence Swift to Charles Ford, "Declaratory Act and South Sea Bubble," 4 April 1720 Swift to Sir Thomas Hanmer, "Printer Prosecuted," 1 October 1720 Swift to Alexander Pope, "Political Principles," 10 January 1721 Swift to Charles Ford, "Printer Prosecuted," 15 April 1721 Swift to Alexander Pope, 'Security of Mind," 20 September 1723 Swift to Charles Ford, "The Name of a Drapier," 2 April 1724 Swift to the Earl of Oxford, "Important to Themselves," 27 November 1724 Swift to Charles Ford, "Teased at Whitehal," 11 March 1724-1725 Swift to Lord Carteret, "Patronage," 3 July 1725 Swift to Alexander Pope, "Vexing the World," 29 September 1725 Swift to Alexander Pope, "It Is Vous Autres," 26 November 1725 Swift to the Earl of Peterborough, "Meeting with Walpole," 28 April 1726 Swift to Mrs. Howard, "Wearing Irish Wool," October 1726 Swift to Mrs. Howard, "Mercenary Yahoo," 27 November 1726 Swift to Alexander Pope, "Improbable Lies," 27 November 1726 Swift to Esther Johnson, "'The Prince of Lilliput' to 'Stella,'" 11 March 1726-1727 Swift to John Wheldon, "Longitude," 27 September 1727 Swift to Alexander Pope, "Stranger in a Strange Land," 11 August 1729 Swift to Alexander Pope, "Dublin's Anti-Catholicism," 2 May 1730 Swift to the Countess of Suffolk, "A Dose to the Dead," 26 October 1731 Swift to Mary Pendarves [Delany], "Sociable Evenings," 6 August 1733 II. Eighteenth-Century Contexts William Dampier, From Voyages and Descriptions and A New Voyage Round the World Sir William Petty, From The Political Anatomy of Ireland Anonymous, Reasons Humbly offer'd to both Houses of Parliament, For a Law to Enact the Castration, or Gelding of Popish Ecclesiastics, in This Kingdom, as the best way to Prevent the Growth of Popery The Declaratory Act III. Criticism Edward Said, "Swift as Intellectual" Clement Hawes, "Three Times Round the Globe: Gulliver and Colonial Discourse" Carole Fabricant, "Speaking for the Irish Nation: The Drapier, the Bishop, and the Problems of Colonial Representation" Robert Mahony, "Protestant Dependence and Consumption in Swift's Irish Writings" Works Cited For Further Reading Chronology