Swift, Joyce, and the Flight from Home

Quests of Transcendence and the Sin of Separation

Authors: Atkins, G.

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In a fresh reading of Gulliver's Travels and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Atkins draws parallels between the protagonists: both Lemuel Gulliver and Stephen Dedalus flee from the burdens of life, seeking a transcendent existence. The study sheds important new light on both novels as essential critiques of modern misunderstandings.

About the authors

G. Douglas Atkins is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Kansas, USA, where he taught for 44 years. The winner of several awards for outstanding teaching, he is the author of eighteen books and co-editor of three others, including Swift's Satires on Modernism: Battlegrounds of Reading and Writing and six on T.S. Eliot. He is now at work on three other books.

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"In an engaging, accessible manner, G. Douglas Atkins re-examines Gulliver's Travels and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in light of Atkins's understanding of the Christian concept of the Incarnation, an understanding deeply influenced by his study of T.S. Eliot. Atkins' well-written study will likely appeal to a wide audience including Swift, Joyce, and Eliot scholars, as well as academic readers more generally." - Bruce Bashford, Associate Professor of English Emeritus, Stony Brook University, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Satire, Reading, and Forms of Separation and Union

    Atkins, G. Douglas

    Pages 1-6

  • The Gift Half Understood

    Atkins, G. Douglas

    Pages 7-15

  • The Flight of Man, the Fall of Icarus and Phaeton

    Atkins, G. Douglas

    Pages 16-25

  • The Flying or Floating Island: Lemuel Gulliver and Ideas Disembodied

    Atkins, G. Douglas

    Pages 26-37

  • Aesthetics as Asceticism: Stephen Dedalus’s Quest of Transcendence

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    Pages 38-53

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Hardcover $75.00
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Softcover $70.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Swift, Joyce, and the Flight from Home
Book Subtitle
Quests of Transcendence and the Sin of Separation
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
G. Douglas Atkins
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39982-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137399823
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39981-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48596-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 67
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
Topics