Parodies, Hoaxes, Mock Treatises: Polite Conversation, Directions to Servants and Other Works

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Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

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.

Bibliographic note

1,093 pages in typescript

Details

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages913
ISBN (Print)9780521843263
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameThe Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift
PublisherCambridge University Press
Volume2