The Biter Bitten

Ireland and the Rude Enlightenment

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Abstract

This article examines the literary relationship between the Presbyterian James Arbuckle and the Anglican Jonathan Swift, arguing that Enlightenment praxis was frequently impolite, antagonistic, and rude. It draws on Michael Waner’s notion of a “counterpublic” to isolate the rude Enlightenment which evolved in Ireland in the late 1720s and 1730s. It further contends that the counterpublic developed new modes of polite and sociable living—which we term the Enlightenment —while attracting criticism and distrust from scholastic writers who feared it and wanted to control it. This tension lay at the heart of the Arbuckle-Swift fracas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-407
Number of pages15
JournalEighteenth-Century Studies
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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The Biter Bitten : Ireland and the Rude Enlightenment. / Brown, Michael Philip.

In: Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 45, No. 3, 2012, p. 393-407.

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