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Scholarship, polemics, and confession in the early satires of Jonathan Swift

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This thesis aims to offer a novel account of Jonathan Swift’s early satires, mainly ‘A Tale of a Tub’ and its companion pieces, by placing them in the trajectory of European humanism. I strive to recover a fuller picture of the tradition of humanist satire, not just as a literary genre, but especially as an instrument of scholarly debate. How did satire function as an intellectual and heuristic tool, at a time when ideas of impartiality and objectivity were yet to be developed, when rival ...

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Merton College, Oxford

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New College, Oxford
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English Faculty, Oxford
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DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford

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