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an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)

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If the center occasionally does not quite hold, that is perhaps neither astounding nor too disappointing in light of the wide range of scholarship included in this collection, which is divided into three conceptually capacious parts: "Swift's Books and their Environment," "Some Species of Swiftian Book," and "Swift's Books in Their Broader Context.
Courts generally take a Swiftian approach to the question.
The slavery of temporality versus the nostalgia of atemporality (117) is well observed as a persistent motif, though the Swiftian flavor of a story such as "El inmortal" belies this contention.
This seems to give an understanding of Muldoon's penchant for satire of a Swiftian mode: like Swift, Muldoon seeks to "create fables of social and political experience that uncover dark truths of human nature" (193).
This wasn't Proustian, elegiac and nostalgic; it was more splintery, more Swiftian.
If parody of mere travel-writings becomes a wholly subsidiary object of interest, it is the carrier for intense charges of inculpation against the "Remote Nations" portrayed, as these come to encompass the whole of humankind, including "thee," its hapless representative, the "gentle Reader," who, as far as the work can reveal, has committed no particular offense, only the absolute offense of being Yahoo, which implies all others, and which, in a characteristic Swiftian turn, equally encompasses the author.
The track "National Anthem" (Born to Die, Interscope), Del Rey's parapatriotic send-up of American luxury, may not rank as the year's greatest song, but its eight-minute video, which reimagines the Camelot fairy tale of JFK and Jackie O, invents a new subset of pop: Call it postironic satire--a Swiftian revival that multiplies the objects of its parody with such reckless guile that it seems challenging and new.
After a brief biographical survey, Childs argues that even if Barnes is interested in capturing the melancholy, nostalgia and sense of loss in life, he is also for the most part "a comic novelist" and his fiction is marked by "a combination of social satire, Swiftian irony, and experimentation" (5).
Set in an Ireland of perpetual Swiftian malaise, where the Celtic Tiger is not even an exotic rumor, the cold, rainy landscape embodies the novel's deeply emotional and frequently harrowing quandary.
Not for me Swiftian satire then, more the energetic and pithy re-telling of a somewhat ordinary story.
The image of the mirror, both in Basil's recognition of his florid persona and the reflection of kinship Basil finds in Albright, invokes the Swiftian mirror of satire, "a sort of Glass wherein Beholders do generally discover every body's Face but their Own" (Swift 140; emphasis original).
Is she indeed a Swiftian, or is she just swift to make a buck out of a shady tale?
This image is linked, in turn, to the statement that, in the eighteenth-century, "euchronias were exclusively French" and that Louis-Sebastien Mercier's L'An 2440 (1771) was the first euchronia; this occludes Samuel Madden's Memoirs of the Twentieth Century (1733), the subversive, satirical, and often baffling work of a Swiftian Anglo-Irish patriot.
Though its title suggests a Swiftian satire, this book by criminal justice professor Peter Moskos is a genuine call to reinstate flogging as a voluntary alternative to incarceration.
The movie does away with the stream of conscious games and tells the story in a straightforward way, which is suited to the Swiftian scatology that illuminate the "Intimate" part of the title.