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A Modest Proposal in the Context of Swift’s Irish Tracts

A Relevance-Theoretic Study

Author(s): Maria-Angeles Ruiz Moneva

Book Description

Swift's A Modest Proposal has always aroused the interest not just of literary critics, but also of linguists and pragmatists. Within the latter approaches, the study of irony, and more concretely, the intentions and attitudes that must have guided the production of such an intricate work, have always been paramount. However, it seems that within pragmatics the analysis has been restricted so far to the 1729 work itself. In the present author's view, it is interesting to contextualise this masterpiece of irony and satire within Swift's wider writing on Ireland, an approach that remains to be carried out. Accordingly, this work sets out to analyse a selection of Swift’s Irish Tracts, with a view to tracing the evolution within Swift's literary production of his views and attitudes towards the situation of his homeland. Although different pragmatic approaches are applied, the emphasis is laid upon the contributions that the relevance-theoretical framework and its studies on irony may bring to the understanding of this particular Tract. The works selected are meant to cover and also be representative of the main phases currently distinguished within Swift's writing on the "Irish Question". It is therefore hoped that a deeper analysis of the former works by Swift on this topic will provide new insights for a better understanding of A Modest Proposal.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1662-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1662-0
Date of Publication: 01/01/2010
Pages / Size: 440 / A5
Price: £49.99


Maria Angeles Ruiz Moneva rreceived her PhD in 2003 and has been a lecturer in English linguistics and translation since 1994. She is currently working at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) as a tenured lecturer (Associate Professor). Her teaching interests focus on historical linguistics, translation and English for Specific Purposes (legal discourse), whilst her main research interests concern pragmatic approaches to irony and relevance theory. She has recently co-edited the volume New Trends in Translation and Cultural Identity with Micaela Muñoz-Calvo and Carmen Buesa-Gómez (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).