Jonathan Swift and Popular Culture Myth, Media and the Man: Myth, Media, and the Man (Paperback)
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Jonathan Swift and Popular Culture Myth, Media and the Man: Myth, Media, and the Man (Paperback)

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Paperback 244 Pages / Published: 27/07/2008
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Ann Kelly's provocative book breaks the mold of Swift studies. Twentieth century Swift scholars have tended to assess Jonathan Swift as a pillar of the eighteenth-century 'republic of letter', a conservative, even reactionary voice upholding classical values against the welling tide of popularization in literature. Kelly looks at Swift instead as a practical exponent of the popular and impressario of the literary image. She argues that Swift turned his back on the elite to write for a popular audience, and that he annexed scandals to his fictionalized print alter ego, creating a continual demand for works by or about this self-mythologized figure. A fascinating look at print culture, the commodification of the author, and the history of popular culture, this book should provoke lots of discussion.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230602342
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 335 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm


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'Kelly's literate and enjoyable style makes her work accessible and interesting to undergraduates and specialists alike.' - Choice

'Kelly's is a provocative but a very convincing thesis, the more attractive for its freedom from academic jargon. She has clearly profited from later twentieth-century critical theory, but is very effective in the use she makes of older insights from psychological and folklore commentators; and both her command of the demotic ephemera of Swift's day and of the bye-ways of anglophone popular culture in the two and a half centuries since his death are exemplary of Swift scholarship at its finest, of a sort we have rarely seen for decades.' - Robert Mahoney, Irish Studies Review

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