Factions' Fictions: Ideological Closure in Swift's Satire

by Daniel Eilon

Hardback • 1991 • $75.00
ISBN: 978-0874133912

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An understanding of the linguistic, political, and moral ramifications of “Private Spirit” (the parochialism and partiality typical of clubs, parties, and cabals) provides insights into the logic behind Swiftian polemic and satire. Swiftian satire, an essentially private joke offering exclusive satisfaction to an elite fraternity of insiders, is shown to be a creative rhetorical adaption of private spirit.