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To Know or Not to Know

27 Aug

My copy of Gulliver’s Travels is bare bones.  No intro.  No preface.  No Editor’s notes.  No footnotes.  No endnotes.  No sidenotes.  No index.  No nothing.

I suppose that’s all well and good.  SWB doesn’t want us delving into a lot of analysis before we read these classics for the first time anyway.

BUT . . .

GT is a satire and I know not the first thing about 18th century British Politics.  So that makes me asks the following question:

Should I be constantly checking with my husband and his Norton Critical Edition for Swift’s meaning, or should I be content to apply the satirical elements to human nature and times and places that I see fit?

Ruminate on this, dear friends.  Ruminate.

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3 responses to “To Know or Not to Know

  1. Stacy

    August 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    It’s a satire? Oh, shoot.

     
    • Christina

      August 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

      Did you not read GT in high school? Wait, who did you have for HS English?

       

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