A Modest Proposal | Critical Essay by Robert Phiddian

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of A Modest Proposal.
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Critical Essay by Robert Phiddian

SOURCE: Phiddian, Robert. “Have You Eaten Yet?: The Reader in A Modest Proposal.Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 36, no. 3 (summer 1996): 603-21.

In the following essay, Phiddian considers the position of the reader in A Modest Proposal, who experiences revulsion at the suggestion of eating babies to bolster economic prosperity.

I have been assured by a very knowing American of my Acquaintance in London; that a young healthy Child, well nursed, is, at a Year old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome Food; whether Stewed, Roasted, Baked, or Boiled; and, I make no doubt, that it will equally serve in a Fricasie, or Ragoust.

We would prefer to believe that this is not funny, but we laugh.1 What is the quality of this laughter? What does it tell us about Jonathan Swift's Modest Proposal? And what does...

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