Gulliver as Slave Trader: Racism Reviled by Jonathan Swift
McFarland, 11 juil. 2006 - 252 pages
The pointed social commentaries of master satirist Jonathan Swift are heavy with irony, but Swift rarely left any doubt about his true meaning. In the case of Gulliver's Travels, however, Swift's meaning has been the subject of debate among scholars for almost 300 years. Here, Elaine Robinson offers a new and fascinating interpretation for this literary classic. Pointing out clues throughout Gulliver, Robinson demonstrates Swift's uses of Everyman, Bernard of Clairvaux, Bonaventure, Boccaccio, Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton to define real Christianity as a basis for protesting the African slave trade and racism. In doing so, she illuminates Swift's insight, honesty, piercing irony, and brilliant wit, and calls attention to the disturbing relevance of Gulliver's Travels in the 21st century.
The African Slave Trade
Flagitious and Facinorous Acts
Repository of Abominations
Autres éditions - Tout afficher
African slave ship African slave trade allusion animals Aristotle Bernard in Burch Bernard of Clairvaux black human black yahoos body Brobdingnag Christ Christianity climax condemned conscience Cowley creature curiosity Dante death demonstrates dungeon Dutch earth Elmina evil example exposes eyes faith flesh Fort St Greek Gulliver says Gulliver travels Gulliver's Travels hath hatred heart hell horse Houyhnhnmland Houyhnhnms Ibid identify Indies Inferno insatiable desire irony island Jonathan Swift King Landa light Lilliput liver Lord Mannix master mention monsters nature Onesimus Philemon philosophy Plato pride in reason protest racist reader Satan satire Scripture sense perception Sermon sins slave trade ports slave trade voyage soul of white South Sea Company speaks species Spirit Step of Pride Step of Truth supremacist Swift alludes Swift depicts Swift has Gulliver symbolic tells thee things thou tion Tritical Essay unnatural unto vices virtue white people's white supremacy words