Jonathan Swift and the Augustan Age



Time and place

  • Tue 10:15-11:45, Room C 601 ICS

BA English and American Studies: Hauptmodul A (301) Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II) – HA

  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Hauptmodul L-GYM Literature. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul Literature) – HA (80 %)
  • MA English Studies: Core Module: Literature (module 4051, exam 40511: Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2–3 pages, 20%))
  • MA English Studies: Master Module II: Literature (module 8360, exam 83601: Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2–3pages, 20%))
  • MA Literaturstudien – intermedial und interkulturell: Modul 4


Jonathan Swift is the most important Anglo-Irish satirist of the eighteenth century. In this seminar, we will concentrate on his satires written in both prose and verse. After analysing the political satire in Book I and II, the attacks on science in Book III and the concept of Swift's "new anthropology" in Book IV of |Gulliver's Travels| (1726), we will focus on the complex satirical innuendos of |The Battle of the Books| (1704), |A Tale of a Tub| (1704), and |A Modest Proposal| (1729). Basing our discussions on traditional and contemporary positions of theory we will finally study Swift’s most significant verse satires such as "The Lady's Dressing Room" (1732), "The Beasts' Confession to the Priest" (1732), "A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed" (1734) und "Strephon and Chloe" (1734).

Additional information

Expected participants: 20