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"When Epimethus oped the locks":The Scatological Verses of Jonathan Swift as Statements of Misandry

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dc.contributor.author Sexsmith, Melissa M.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-09-24T21:10:27Z
dc.date.available 2007-09-24T21:10:27Z
dc.date.issued 2006-04
dc.identifier.citation Sexsmith, Melissa M. (2006). "When Epimethus oped the locks": The Scatological Verses of Jonathan Swift as Statements of Misandry. Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal, 1(1). en
dc.identifier.issn 1718-8482
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/464
dc.description.abstract Jonathan Swift, one of the most famous satirists in the English canon, is renowned for his misogyny and his general misanthropy is infamous; some of the most reviled allegedly antifeminine works he produced are included among a small collection of poems composed by him in the 1730s, known as the "scatological verses." Each of these poems deals with the ostensibly degrading topic of women's bodily functions. Each presents women in a decidedly unsavoury manner, according to the predominant contemporaneous conventions. However, upon closer examination, it is revealed that the victim of Swift's ruthless satires may not in fact be woman, but rather, man. Through his expressions of "pity" toward the impractical male "heroes" of the poems, and his deliberate inversion of imagery in the Hesiodic myth of Pandora (placing the blame squarely on Epimetheus' shoulders), Swift endeavours to illustrate that the contemporaneous patriarchal culture and its unrealistic standards of femininity are deeply flawed. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal en
dc.subject Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 en
dc.title "When Epimethus oped the locks":The Scatological Verses of Jonathan Swift as Statements of Misandry en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty University of Lethbridge en
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en

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