Gulliver's Travels | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by J. Paul Hunter

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of Gulliver's Travels.
This section contains 8,047 words
(approx. 27 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by J. Paul Hunter

Critical Essay by J. Paul Hunter

SOURCE: "Gulliver's Travels and the Novel," in The Genres of "Gulliver's Travels," edited by Frederik N. Smith, University of Delaware Press, 1990, pp. 56-74.

In the following essay, Hunter discusses the significance of Gulliver's Travels as a cutting-edge transitional text that uses satire to parody the subjective, first-person narrative, thus anticipating the rise of the novel as a narrative form.

Gulliver's Travels is not a novel in any meaningful sense of that slippery term that I know, yet its generic status would be difficult to establish without having the novel in mind. Swift's masterpiece is, in fact, so conceptually dependent upon the novel that it is almost impossible to imagine the existence of the Travels outside the context of the developing novelistic tradition. The relationship of Gulliver...

(read more)

This section contains 8,047 words
(approx. 27 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by J. Paul Hunter