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ENH4580 - Ireland, Swift, England: Special Author Course

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Clive Probyn


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit offers a detailed study of the works (prose and verse) of Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) in their cultural and political contexts. It includes topics such as Swift's changing political ideologies; paradox and irony as modes of writing; conflict between Irish and English cultural (and economic) contexts, England as colonial 'centre', and Ireland as 'margin', poetry and misogyny. The unit includes the opportunity to work with original texts in the outstanding Monash Swift Collection.


Seminar paper (1500 words): 25%
Essay (2500 words): 25%
Essay (5000 words): 50%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week