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Swift as Priest and Satirist
978-1-61149-107-4 • Hardback
February 2009 • $75.00 • (£44.95)
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Pages: 231
Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
Edited by Todd C. Parker
 
Religion | Reference
University Press Copublishing Division | University of Delaware
One of the most tendentious and enduring questions of Swift scholarship concerns his faith. What did Swift believe? Was his career in the Church primarily a means of political and social advancement? Did Swift subscribe to a coherent theology, or were his beliefs simply expedient? How did the turbulent streams of eighteenth-century Anglican and Protestant theologies influence Swift's satiric vision? In the light of recent work on his tenure in the Church of Ireland, this volume presents a timely critical appraisal of Swift's role as a priest vis-á-vis his identity as one of the Enlightenment's premier satirists. The essays in this volume cover four broad categories: Swift's relationship to the Church of Ireland and to the bruising world of eighteenth-century theological discourse in general; how Swift represents religious figures and controversies in his poetry and prose; the relationships between religious and literary genres; and the links between Swift's satires and contemporary religious, philosophical, and scientific discourse.
Todd C. Parker is a member of the Society of St. Francis, an order of Franciscans in the Episcopal Church. He was formerly associate professor of English at DePaul University in Chicago.
 
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