"No more existence than the inhabitants of Utopia" : Utopian satire in Gulliver's travels

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Joseph E. Argent (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
James E. Evans

Abstract: This study provides the first book-length examination of Gulliver's Travels as a utopian work. Swift relies on the genre of the utopia for the structure of each of the book's four voyages and as a means to further his satire on human nature, English society, and utopianism itself. The first two chapters introduce to the reader the methods and vocabulary of Utopian Studies, the critical approach utilized in this dissertation. They lay the foundation for the later examination of Swift's complex manipulation of the genre by analyzing various definitions of utopia, by examining the connection between satire and the utopian tradition established by Thomas More, and by detailing aspects of the structure and themes of utopias that served as probable sources for Gulliver's Travels.

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Language: English
Date: 1995
Swift, Jonathan, $d 1667-1745. $t Gulliver's travels
Utopias in literature
Satire, English $y 18th century $x History and criticism

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