10 de desembre de 2013

Talking about... Gulliver's travels de Jonathan Swift

El proper dijous dia 12 de desembre a les 19h continuem el nostre 4t Cicle de tertúlies en anglès Talking about... Ens trobarem a la Biblioteca Pompeu Fabra per practicar l'anglès i parlar sobre aquest llibre i el seu autor.

Jonathan Swift
(Nov. 30, 1667, Dublin, Ire. — Oct. 19, 1745, Dublin, Ire.).

Irish author, the foremost prose satirist in English. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1695. His first major work, A Tale of a Tub (1704), comprises three satiric sketches on religion and learning; he also became known for religious and political essays and impish pamphlets written under the name “Isaac Bickerstaff.” Reluctantly setting aside his loyalty to the Whigs, in 1710 he became the leading writer for the Tories because of their support for the established church. Journal to Stella (written 1710–13) consists of letters recording his reactions to the changing world. As a reward for writing and editing Tory publications, in 1713 he was awarded the deanery of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. He spent nearly all the rest of his life in Ireland, where he devoted himself to exposing English wrongheadedness and their unfair treatment of the Irish. His ironic tract A Modest Proposal (1729) proposes ameliorating Irish poverty by butchering children and selling them as food to wealthy English landlords. His famously brilliant and bitter satire Gulliver's Travels (1726), ostensibly the story of its hero's encounters with various races and societies in remote regions, reflects Swift's vision of humanity's ambiguous position between bestiality and rationality.

Gulliver's travels

“Soon I felt something alive moving along my leg and up my body to my face, and when I looked down, I saw a very small human being, only fifteen centimetres tall . . . I was so surprised that I gave a great shout.” But that is only the first of many surprises which Gulliver has on his travels. He visits a land of giants and a flying island, meets ghosts from the past and horses which talk...

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