Parodies, Hoaxes, Mock Treatises : Polite Conversation, Directions to Servants and Other Works Hardback
Edited by Valerie Rumbold
Part of the The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift series
Swift's parodies are among his most fascinating works, but perhaps require most explication for the modern reader.
Valerie Rumbold brings a new depth and detail to the editing of Swift's Bickerstaff papers, 'Polite Conversation', 'Directions to Servants' and other works on language and conduct.
Highlights include a fresh investigation of the political and print contexts of the Bickerstaff papers, full commentaries on such smaller works as 'A Modest Defence of Punning' and 'On Barbarous Denominations in Ireland', identification and explanation of many additional sayings in 'Polite Conversation', and a detailed contextualisation of 'Directions to Servants' in contemporary domestic theory and practice.
A substantial thematic Introduction is supplemented by an individual headnote and full annotation to each work.
The Textual Introduction explores the publishing strategies adopted by Swift and his booksellers, and a separate Textual Account of each work presents and discusses changes in the texts over time.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 911 pages, 11 b/w illus.
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 18/07/2013
- Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9780521843263