Author Date

2019

Degree Name

BA

Department

English

College

Humanities

Defense Date

2019-07-17

Publication Date

2019-08-06

First Faculty Advisor

Dr. Billy Hall

First Faculty Reader

Dr. Joseph Parry

Honors Coordinator

Dr. John Talbot

Keywords

Eighteenth-century, British, Poetry, Jonathan Swift, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Satire

Abstract

Two of the most interesting “guardians” of eighteenth-century sociocultural standards were the satirists Jonathan Swift and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Swift is remembered by scholars as one of the “greatest prose satirists in the history of English Literature,” but Montagu, until recent decades, has been less well-known. This thesis will look at the satirical poetic dialogue between the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Swift and the Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and provide insights into the sociocultural dynamics of gender in eighteenth-century British print life as revealed by the individual texts.

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