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To mark the tercentenary of Samuel Johnson's birth in 2009, the specially-commissioned essays contained here review his scholarly reputation. An international team of experts reflects authoritatively on the various dimensions of literary, historical, critical and ethical life touched by Johnson's extraordinary achievement. The volume distinctively casts its net widely and combines consistently innovative thinking on Johnson's historical role with a fresh sense of present criticism. Chapters cover subjects as diverse as Johnson's moral philosophy, his legal thought, his influence on Jane Austen, and the question of the Johnson canon. The contributors examine the larger theoretical and scholarly contexts in which it is now possible to situate his work, and from which it may often be necessary to differentiate it. All the contributors have a distinguished record of scholarship in eighteenth-century studies, Johnson scholarship, and cultural history and theory.
Greg Clingham is Professor of English and Director of the University Press, Bucknell University. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson (Cambridge, 1997), the author of Johnson, Writing and Memory (Cambridge, 2002) and also of many other books and essays on Johnson, Boswell, Dryden and a wide range of issues in historiography and translation. Philip Smallwood is Professor of English, School of English, at Birmingham City University. He has written and lectured widely on eighteenth-century literature, theory and historiography, and is the author of a book on modern criticism, on Pope (Restructuring Criticism, 2003) and on Johnson (Johnson's Critical Presence: Image, History, Judgment, 2004), and has edited collections on Johnson and on the history of criticism.
Release date Australia
May 28th, 2009
Edited by Greg Clingham
Edited by Philip Smallwood
Country of Publication
Cambridge University Press
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