Walking Naboth's Vineyard
New Studies of Swift
Hardcover | 9780268019501 | February 1995
Walking Naboth's Vineyard brings together nine prominent scholars to present new and valuable perspectives on the work of Jonathan Swift. In recent years Swift has been increasingly reconsidered and recast as a distinctly Irish writer, and there is little doubt that his artistic career was shaped by Ireland's troubled political life. Literary critics and scholars, as well as scholars of Irish literature, will find this collection unique in that it explores Swift's life and writing in a distinctively Irish context and considers how Swift was influenced as a member of a population that was divided against itself, colonized by a neighboring kingdom, and politically and culturally marginalized. These essays demonstrate how, despite Swift's ambivalence about his Irish nationality, he found Ireland's worldly position a close parallel to his own complex position in the political and cultural worlds in which he lived.
Christopher Fox is Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, which he co-founded with Seamus Deane.
Brenda Tooley is the Dean of the College and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Cornell College.