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Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial Ireland Hardcover – September 14, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0801895074 ISBN-10: 0801895073 Edition: 1st

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Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution offers a fresh and engaging reading... Moore's study is thought-provoking and makes a number of important interventions in both the literary scholarship on the financial revolution and in Swift scholarship more generally.

(Current Intelligence)

This stimulating study... will appeal to a range of audiences. Moore's study forms an important addition to a growing body of work that explores the relationships between states and their creditors.

(Anne L. Murphy Journal of British Studies)

In Mr. Moore's valuable contribution, his 'economic criticism' allows an intense reading of Swift's satires that was not unknown to former critics, but which has never been spelled out so consistently... Thanks to systematic application of economic criticism, Mr. Moore's book deserves praise. No Swift library of major importance should be without it.

(Rudolf Freiburg Scriblerian)

About the Author

Sean D. Moore is an associate professor of English at the University of New Hampshire at Durham. He has published several essays dealing with critical theory, eighteenth-century literature and history, and colonial Ireland.

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Sean Moore was born in Boston, Massachusetts and educated at Duke University, Georgetown University, and the University of Massachusetts. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland as a graduate student and fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and other institutions, he accepted a position at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, where he is now a tenured Associate Professor.

Moore's research and teaching is focussed on postcolonial, economic, and book history approaches to eighteenth-century literature, with a particular focus on the cultures of Ireland and the Anglophone Atlantic. His recent book, "Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial Ireland," argues that Jonathan Swift helped to mobilize the Irish print media for the promotion of Ireland's cultural, political, and economic sovereignty. His new book project, tentatively entitled "Abolition and the Book," studies the relationship of the Atlantic slave trade to the importation of British novels into colonial America and asks whether the ideology of possessive individualism promoted in these works influenced the movements for American sovereignty and abolition. He is currently editing a special issue of the journal "Eighteenth-Century Studies" that explores the influence of Continental and British philosophy on Ireland and the rise of an indigenous Irish Enlightenment.

Moore's articles have appeared in "PMLA," "Atlantic Studies," "The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation," and other academic journals and essay collections. His essay on Swift's satire "A Modest Proposal" received the international Richard H. Rodino Prize for Best Essay on Swift from the Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies at the University of Munster, Germany.

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