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Final Project: Swift’s Satires

For my final paper, I want to write about the allegorical and satirical aspects of Jonathan Swift’s works–with particular (if not complete) focus on Gulliver’s Travels–to draw some conclusions as to his opinions on social, political, and even literary issues in eighteenth-century Great Britain. In addition to the main focus Gulliver’s Travels, I might also … Continue reading

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The Epistolary Novel

An epistolary novel is one written in the forms of documented truths.  Forms can vary from standard letters (the word ‘epistolary’ derives from the Greek word for letter) to diary entries to travelogues.  One author traces the form from the “transmission of messages on tablets of bronze or stone” to 1928’s Show Girl–“the novel in … Continue reading

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Conspicuous Consumption

I feel like the idea of ‘conspicuous consumption’ really shows up in Swift’s “The Lady’s Dressing Room,” and I am also interested in how the concept might relate to our consumption of different foods and beverages.  As a quick refresher on ‘Taste’ and ‘taste,’ ‘Taste’ has to do with preferences in things like art and … Continue reading

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Robert Walpole

Robert Walpole, born in 1676 to a member of the House of Commons and a wealthy heiress, is generally recognized as having been the first Prime Minister of Great Britain (the position did not technically exist at the time), though the date that his premiership began is the subject of some debate.  Originally intending to … Continue reading