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ENGL 713 01 (12828)  
Swift
Claude Rawson
T 1.30-3.20 LC 207
Fall 2013 
 
In A Tale of a Tub, Swift parodied in advance a whole chain of modernisms, from Tristram Shandy to Beckett, Joyce, the literature of "cruelty" and "black humor," and some works by Nabokov, Burroughs, and Mailer. The course studies the Tale, the Irish writings, Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, and the poems, in the context of a tradition that includes classical and Renaissance precursors, his own contemporaries (especially Alexander Pope), and his future legacy from Sterne to the present.