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The Resource God, Gulliver, and genocide : barbarism and the European imagination, 1492-1945, Claude Rawson

God, Gulliver, and genocide : barbarism and the European imagination, 1492-1945, Claude Rawson

Label
God, Gulliver, and genocide : barbarism and the European imagination, 1492-1945
Title
God, Gulliver, and genocide
Title remainder
barbarism and the European imagination, 1492-1945
Statement of responsibility
Claude Rawson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"When we say certain people 'ought to be shot', or exterminated from 'the face of the earth', we usually do so in the knowledge that we will not be thought to mean it literally. It is a figure of speech, partially sanitized by the conventions of social usage. We also create myths, stories, histories of which the same might be said. The victims in these stories may be whole peoples or groups of people, or even the whole of humanity, as when God said He would 'destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth'. The phrasing reverberates throughout scripture and human history. It has been applied to the people to Israel and to their enemies, to conquered savages, the Irish, the poor, and the Jews of Nazi-occupied Europe. Its usage has ranged from the deadliest genocidal intentions, to satirical threats, fictional fantasies and colloquial expressions of undeadly irritation. We 'mean' it, don't mean it, and don't not mean it, and the demarcations are often unclear." "God, Gulliver, and Genocide explores the range of aggressions which inhabit the space between such figures of speech and their implementation, from the book of Genesis to the present day, but more especially in the period between the conquest to the Americas and the end of World War II. It examines a wide variety of authors and voices, chiefly Montaigne and Swift, but also Bartolome de las Casas and Jean de Lery, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, and travel-writers and ethnographers from Columbus and Vespucci to Bougainville and Cook. Behind all these stand those mass-catastrophes in Genesis, the Deluge and the destruction of the Cities of the Plain, with their grim and quizzical relation to the mass-slaughters of human history, culminating in the Second World War."--BOOK JACKET
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1935-
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Rawson, Claude Julien
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • English literature
  • Satire, English
  • Difference (Psychology) in literature
  • Genocide
  • Public opinion
  • Religion and literature
  • Genocide in literature
  • Indians in literature
  • Racism in literature
  • Aliens in literature
  • Irish in literature
  • Poor in literature
Label
God, Gulliver, and genocide : barbarism and the European imagination, 1492-1945, Claude Rawson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Previously published in 2001
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 310-379) and index
Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Note on Texts and Editions Used
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • 1.
  • Indians and Irish from Montaigne to Swift.
  • p. 17
  • Catalogues of Conquest.
  • p. 17
  • Unspeaking the Unspeakable.
  • p. 24
  • 'Ils se sont entremangez'.
  • p. 33
  • Good and Bad Indians.
  • p. 42
  • Utopians, Tupinamba, Houyhnhnms, Yahoos.
  • p. 55
  • Gunpowder Magic.
  • p. 62
  • Fynes Moryson and the Intelligencer.
  • p. 69
  • Indians, Irish, and the Scythian Myth.
  • p. 79
  • 2.
  • Savage with Hanging Breasts: Gulliver, Female Yahoos, and 'Racism'.
  • p. 92
  • 'A young Female Yahoo .. inflamed by Desire'.
  • p. 92
  • Savage with Hanging Breasts.
  • p. 98
  • Hottentots and Irish.
  • p. 108
  • Hottentot Venus.
  • p. 113
  • Bum Shop.
  • p. 130
  • Matings with Strangers.
  • p. 138
  • Going Native.
  • p. 151
  • Apes and Angels.
  • p. 162
  • Post-colonial Couplings.
  • p. 175
  • 3.
  • Killing the Poor: An Anglo-Irish Theme?.
  • p. 183
  • 'I look forward eagerly to their extermination'.
  • p. 183
  • 'The worst of our crimes is poverty'.
  • p. 191
  • Dreams of the Beggar as Nobleman.
  • p. 203
  • Beggars and Hottentots, or Exterminate all the Brutes.
  • p. 209
  • Badging, Branding, and Castration.
  • p. 224
  • 'The old sow that eats her farrow': The Beggarly Kingdom from Spenser to Joyce.
  • p. 232
  • 'Whole' People.
  • p. 237
  • Flayed Woman, and Brother Footman going to be Hanged.
  • p. 245
  • Ought to be Shot: The 'desperate Experiment' of Figures of Speech.
  • p. 249
  • 4.
  • God, Gulliver, and Genocide.
  • p. 256
  • Yahoos, Helots, and Extermination.
  • p. 256
  • Gulliver and Biblical Survivors.
  • p. 266
  • 'With the Skins of Yahoos, well stitched together'.
  • p. 275
  • Reprieve of Castration and other Leniencies.
  • p. 287
  • Ten Righteous Men: Abraham Haggles with God.
  • p. 298
  • Notes.
  • p. 311
  • Index.
  • p. 381
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 401 p., [16] p. of pl.
Isbn
9780198184256
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
2001033866
Other physical details
ill.
Label
God, Gulliver, and genocide : barbarism and the European imagination, 1492-1945, Claude Rawson
Publication
Note
  • Previously published in 2001
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 310-379) and index
Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Note on Texts and Editions Used
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • 1.
  • Indians and Irish from Montaigne to Swift.
  • p. 17
  • Catalogues of Conquest.
  • p. 17
  • Unspeaking the Unspeakable.
  • p. 24
  • 'Ils se sont entremangez'.
  • p. 33
  • Good and Bad Indians.
  • p. 42
  • Utopians, Tupinamba, Houyhnhnms, Yahoos.
  • p. 55
  • Gunpowder Magic.
  • p. 62
  • Fynes Moryson and the Intelligencer.
  • p. 69
  • Indians, Irish, and the Scythian Myth.
  • p. 79
  • 2.
  • Savage with Hanging Breasts: Gulliver, Female Yahoos, and 'Racism'.
  • p. 92
  • 'A young Female Yahoo .. inflamed by Desire'.
  • p. 92
  • Savage with Hanging Breasts.
  • p. 98
  • Hottentots and Irish.
  • p. 108
  • Hottentot Venus.
  • p. 113
  • Bum Shop.
  • p. 130
  • Matings with Strangers.
  • p. 138
  • Going Native.
  • p. 151
  • Apes and Angels.
  • p. 162
  • Post-colonial Couplings.
  • p. 175
  • 3.
  • Killing the Poor: An Anglo-Irish Theme?.
  • p. 183
  • 'I look forward eagerly to their extermination'.
  • p. 183
  • 'The worst of our crimes is poverty'.
  • p. 191
  • Dreams of the Beggar as Nobleman.
  • p. 203
  • Beggars and Hottentots, or Exterminate all the Brutes.
  • p. 209
  • Badging, Branding, and Castration.
  • p. 224
  • 'The old sow that eats her farrow': The Beggarly Kingdom from Spenser to Joyce.
  • p. 232
  • 'Whole' People.
  • p. 237
  • Flayed Woman, and Brother Footman going to be Hanged.
  • p. 245
  • Ought to be Shot: The 'desperate Experiment' of Figures of Speech.
  • p. 249
  • 4.
  • God, Gulliver, and Genocide.
  • p. 256
  • Yahoos, Helots, and Extermination.
  • p. 256
  • Gulliver and Biblical Survivors.
  • p. 266
  • 'With the Skins of Yahoos, well stitched together'.
  • p. 275
  • Reprieve of Castration and other Leniencies.
  • p. 287
  • Ten Righteous Men: Abraham Haggles with God.
  • p. 298
  • Notes.
  • p. 311
  • Index.
  • p. 381
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 401 p., [16] p. of pl.
Isbn
9780198184256
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
2001033866
Other physical details
ill.

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