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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
Genre
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."--Jacket
  • "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
Cataloging source
DLC
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Rawson, Claude Julien
Dewey number
823/.5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3724.G8
LC item number
R38 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Satire, English
  • Difference (Psychology) in literature
  • Genocide in literature
  • Indians in literature
  • English literature
  • God in literature
  • Genocide
  • Public opinion
  • Racism in literature
  • Poor in literature
  • Religion and literature
  • Swift, Jonathan
  • Aliens in literature
  • Swift, Jonathan
  • Irish in literature
  • Montaigne, Michel de
Label
God, Gulliver, and genocide : barbarism and the European imagination, 1492-1945, Claude Rawson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [311]-379) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Indians and Irish from Montaigne to Swift -- The savage with hanging breasts : Gulliver, female yahoos, and "racism" -- Killing the poor : an Anglo-Irish theme? -- God, Gulliver, and genocide
Control code
47018466
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvi, 401 pages
Isbn
9780198184256
Lccn
2001033866
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
God, Gulliver, and genocide : barbarism and the European imagination, 1492-1945, Claude Rawson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [311]-379) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Indians and Irish from Montaigne to Swift -- The savage with hanging breasts : Gulliver, female yahoos, and "racism" -- Killing the poor : an Anglo-Irish theme? -- God, Gulliver, and genocide
Control code
47018466
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvi, 401 pages
Isbn
9780198184256
Lccn
2001033866
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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