Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 11 July 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter explores the cultural logic of the Enlightenment as it manifested in the literature of the period, paying particular attention to new idioms of reason, to the imaginary voyage and its metaphorical apprehension of the Other, new vistas of the very large and the very small, which set in motion the mode that later became science fiction. Various texts are discussed, including detailed readings of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726) and Voltaire’s “Micromégas” (1752).

Keywords: Enlightenment, reason, imaginary voyage, science fiction, Jonathan Swift, Voltaire, Gulliver’s Travels, “Micromégas”

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.