A Modest Proposal Concerning the Original : The Use and Improvement of Cannibalism in a Commomwealth
This brilliant reading of Jonathan Swift's Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland, from being a Burden to their Parents or Country; and for Making them Beneficial to the Publick, demonstrates that the Proposal is seriously intended by Swift and spoken by him in propria persona. It is partly a saturnalian, cannibalistic retaliation against the Irish which satirically devours them for ignoring the sensible Expedients he had futilely proposed to enable them to relieve their own Miseries. Swift's Proposal is also a compassionately cannibalistic alternative to Ireland's current inhumane/all-too-human cannibalism an alternative which would make the country a true Commonwealth, while sparing the destitute Irish babies and their parents inevitable Miseries. And Swift's Proposal is a saturnalian revisioning of the ridiculous tragedy of his own impoverished family commonwealth especially of his own early childhood in a compassionately cannibalistic re-parenting of himself.
- Paperback | 19 pages
- 139.7 x 215.9 x 6.35mm | 45.36g
- 30 Mar 2006
- Regent Press
- United States