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«The first wit of the age»

Essays on Swift and his Contemporaries in Honour of Hermann J. Real

Edited By Kirsten Juhas, Patrick Müller and Mascha Hansen

On the occasion of Hermann J. Real’s seventy-fifth birthday, this collection honours a scholar whose contagious curiosity has been dedicated to the study of Jonathan Swift’s life and works for the past four decades. The contributions cover multiple aspects of the Dean’s writings as well as a number of eighteenth-century contexts. They not only celebrate the Director of the Ehrenpreis Centre at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, the Editor of the annual Swift Studies, and the convener of six international Münster symposia on the Dean of St Patrick’s, but they also pay homage to the mentor, colleague, and friend. At the same time, they reflect the enduring vitality of Swift studies, which it has been one of Hermann J. Real’s greatest academic achievements to promote.


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SABINE BALTES is a senior civil servant and teacher of English at the German Federal Office of Languages. Her academic interests are Irish studies and eight- eenth-century literature. Publications include a study on The Controversy about Wood’s Halfpence (1722-25) and the Tradition of Irish Constitutional National- ism (2003), an edited collection of eighteenth-century pamphlets entitled Jonathan Swift’s Allies: The Wood’s Halfpence Controversy in Ireland, 1724/5 (2004), as well as articles on Swift, eighteenth-century drama, and popular culture. W. B. CARNOCHAN, a lifelong student of Swift, is Richard W. Lyman Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus, at Stanford University. ANDREW CARPENTER is Emeritus Professor of English at University College, Dublin, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. JOHN IRWIN FISCHER is Emeritus Professor of English at Louisiana State University. Currently, he is preparing for publication Jonathan Swift’s dic- tionary of hard words compiled for Esther Johnson and copied by her from his manuscript, now long untraced. RUDOLF FREIBURG is Professor of English Literature at the Friedrich-Alexander- Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, where he is co-founder and speaker of the “Interdisciplinary Centre of Contemporary Literature and Culture.” He is co- editor of several books, including Swift: The Enigmatic Dean (1998); Do You Consider Yourself a Postmodern Author?: Interviews with Contemporary English Writers (1999); “But Vindicate the Ways of God to Man”: Literature and Theodicy (2004); Literatur und Holocaust (2009); Alter(n) in Literatur und Kultur der Gegenwart (2012). He has published widely on issues related to eighteenth-century (Swift, Johnson, Richardson) and contemporary literature...

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