The Sexual Politics of Microscopy in Brobdingnag

  title={The Sexual Politics of Microscopy in Brobdingnag},
  author={Deborah Needleman Armintor},
  journal={SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900},
  pages={619 - 640}
This article builds on Marjorie Nicolson's well-known argument about Lemuel Gulliver as microscopic specimen in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. It contends that Swift inflects Gulliver in Brobdingnag more specifically as a pocket-sized instrument in the hands of enormous female consumers, not unlike the fashionable "pocket-microscopes" of his day. "The Sexual Politics of Microscopy in Brobdingnag" shows that Swift's portrayal of an English adventurer turned objectified "little man… 

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