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"I write for the noblest end, to inform and instruct mankind; over whom I may, without breach of modesty, pretend to some superiority..."
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift is one of the greatest satirical works ever written. Through the misadventures of Lemuel Gulliver, his hopelessly “modern” protagonist, Swift exposes many of the follies of the English Enlightenment, from its worship of science to its neglect of traditional philosophy and theology. Swift's satire on the threats posed by the Enlightenment and the embryonic spirit of secular fundamentalism makes Gulliver's Travels priceless reading for today's defenders of tradition.
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ICE Study Guides are constructed to aid the reader of ICE classics to achieve a level of critical and literary appreciation befitting the works themselves.
Ideally suited for students themselves and as a guide for teachers, the ICE Study Guides serve as a complement to the treasures of critical appreciation already included in ICE titles.
This new critical edition, edited by Dutton Kearney of Aquinas College, contains detailed notes to the text and a selection of tradition-oriented essays by some of the finest contemporary Swift scholars.
A look at the essays
In "Gulliver's Travels and the Grotesque" Carol Nevin (Sue) Abromaitis explores the moral deformities that Swift depicts in every world and character — and especially in the reader. Robert Scott Dupree suggests the third voyage is often underappreciated, and guides us through its significance.
In "A Modern Battles the Ancients", Mitchell Kalpakgian picks apart the main strands of thought as engaged by Gulliver in his travels, delineating the ironies of Gulliver's own judgments for and against each. Dutton Kearney revisits these themes from the philosophical-political perspective (and earlier situates the reader with the introductory essay).
Finally, Douglas Lane Patey investigates the problem of narrative unity in the book, proposing a Swiftian alternative, and Peter J. Stanlis takes a serious look at the whole cloth of Swift's philosophy in relation to Travels.
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Meet the Minds behind the Gulliver's Travels Edition
Joseph Pearce is Assistant Professor at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches literature and theology — he has received the mandatum from the bishop of the Diocese of Nashville — and courses on epic (classical, Christian, and modern), rhetoric, and the eighteenth century. He received his graduate degrees from the University of Dallas. He was awarded Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 2008, and he was a Richard M. Weaver Graduate Fellow in 2001. He has published articles on the writings of Saint Thomas More and on Jacques Maritain's Thomistic literary theory.
Robert Scott Dupree
Robert Dupree has taught in and served as chair of the English department at the University of Dallas since 1966. He is currently chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and is director of library and university research. He has published books on Allen Tate, Gaston Bachelard, and seventeenth-century English poetry.
Mitchell Kalpakgian (PhD, University of Iowa) is professor emeritus of humanities at Wyoming Catholic College. He has taught English literature for over forty years at several other schools: Simpson College (Iowa), Christendom College (Virginia), and Magdalen College (New Hampshire). A contributing editor of New Oxford Review, his articles and book reviews have also appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, the Wanderer, and Saint Austin Review. He is the author of several books: The Marvelous in Fielding's Novels, The Mysteries of Life in Children's Literature, The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization, and An Armenian Family Reunion (a collection of short stories). His latest book is The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization: Hospitality, Conversion, Letter-Writing, the Enjoyment of People, the Art of Pleasing and Courtship (Neumann Press, 2009).
Carol Nevin (Sue) Abromaitis
Carol Nevin (Sue) Abromaitis is professor of English at Loyola University in Maryland. She earned her BA at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and her PhD at the University of Maryland. A member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and a Lady of the Equestrian Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Abromaitis is a board member of Mount de Sales Academy and Saint Thomas Aquinas parish school. Mrs. Abromaitis has written on many subjects, including Alexander Pope, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and early colonial Catholicism in Maryland.
Douglas Lane Patey
Douglas Lane Patey is Sophia Smith Professor of English at Smith College, where he teaches courses both in English and the history of science. He has written books on the history of probability, concepts of addiction, and the novels of Evelyn Waugh, as well as articles on John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and the history of divisions between "art" and "science".
Peter J. Stanlis
Peter J. Stanlis earned his PhD at the University of Michigan, has taught for more than forty years at various American colleges and universities, and has also been a guest lecturer in four European universities. He has published over one hundred articles on political, historical, legal, educational, and literary subjects and has edited a law journal. His publications on Edmund Burke include twenty-six articles and seven books on various aspects of Burke's thought and politics. Edmund Burke and the Natural Law (1958) revolutionized modern scholarship on Burke. Stanlis coauthored Edmund Burke: A Bibliography of Secondary Studies to 1982 (1983), which reviews all scholarship and writings on Burke for the past two centuries.
In 1969 he was one of the six founders of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. In 1982 he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the National Council for the Humanities for a six-year term. In 1987 he was appointed a British Academy Research Fellow. Since 1988 he has been Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, of Rockford College. His latest publications are Robert Frost: The Poet as Philosopher (2007) and Conversations with Robert Frost (2010).