Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

“Disgusted with modern history”: Paratexts, intertexts, and ethics in the transmission of “Gulliver's Travels”
by Hernandez, Ramir M., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 76; 1472296
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis posits that scholarship of Gulliver's Travels has not sufficiently explored the book's comparison to other eighteenth-century historical narratives, a genre focused on political ethics. The paratexts of Travels offer many clues that allow for the text to be read as a history book. Moreover, structural, thematic, and tonal parallels exist between Travels and other eighteenth-century history texts that focus on issues of governance. Reading Travels as a history based on these parallels indicates that the rulers in Travels represent more than parodies of Swift's political contemporaries. They also serve as ethical types constructed from Hobbesian political principles of absolutism focused on the treatment and control of the human body.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schurer, Norbert
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: British and Irish literature
Publication Number: 1472296
ISBN: 978-1-109-47236-3
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