Jonathan Swift in the Company of Women by Louise Barnett

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  • Title: Jonathan Swift within the Firm of Ladies
  • Author: Louise Barnett
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Date: December 2006
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 195345959

 

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Jonathan Swift was the topic of gossip and criticism in his personal time regarding his relations with girls and his representations of them in his writings. For over twenty years he regarded Esther Johnson, “Stella,” as “his most beneficial pal,” but he’s reputed by no means to have seen her alone. From his time to our personal there was hypothesis that the 2 had been secretly married–since their relationship appeared so inexplicable then and now. For 13 of the years that Swift appeared dedicated to Stella because the acknowledged lady in his life, he maintained a clandestine–but apparently additionally nonsexual–relationship with one other lady, Esther Van Homrigh, or “Vanessa.” Jonathan Swift within the Firm of Ladies appears to be like once more at these much-examined relationships and at others that reveal Swift as a person who loved the corporate of a lot of girls as pupils and as ministrants to his varied wants.Swift, a person with a fancy personal life, was additionally a author whose satiric portraits of ladies might be unsparing. Whereas Swift usually criticized girls for frivolous pastimes and idle chatter, his most infamous texts on girls picture their our bodies as loathsome: as he as soon as wrote in a critical political tract, a girl is a “nauseous, unwholesome carcass.” Such representations cross a line by exhibiting a repugnance for girls as a intercourse, the organic different. They’ve led, not surprisingly, to repeated expenses of misogyny, a problem that Jonathan Swift within the Firm of Ladies addresses at some size. This primary book-length therapy of Swift and girls comprehensively examines Swift’s perspective towards girls in all their manifestations in his work and life: as intimates, acquaintances, protégés, wives, moms, nurses, disobedient daughters, younger girls who marry older males, and–finally–as poets and critics

 

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