I was working on a chapter on Gulliver’s Travels for one of the Bloom’s Series How to Write About books and I thought about this. Do you think the reason that Gulliver is so enthusiastic about the Houyhnhnm is because of Stockholm Syndrome? Does he identify with his captors so much that he cannot re-enter society well?
I know from my Writing in the Social Sciences that the theory of Stockholm Syndrome has pretty much been ignored. Now it would be subsumed into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But I still wonder.
Gulliver and Stockholm Syndrome?