Samuel Johnson: Literature, Religion and English Cultural Politics from the Restoration to Romanticism

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Cambridge University Press, 27 Οκτ 1994 - 270 σελίδες
This book offers an analysis of the life and thought of the writer Samuel Johnson from an historian's viewpoint, reversing the orthodoxy which has dominated the subject for over thirty years. Jonathan Clark, who has written extensively on English and American religion, ideology and politics in the eighteenth century, presents here a Johnson strikingly different from the apolitical, pragmatic and eccentric figure who emerges from the pages of most students of English literature. Johnson's commitments and conflicts in religion and politics, obscured since Macaulay, are reconstructed; his role in the literary dynamics of his age is revealed against a new context for English cultural politics between the Restoration and the age of Romanticism. This book will therefore be of interest not only to Johnsonians but to historians of ideas and students of English literature.
 

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List of illustrations
ix
Preface
xi
List of abbreviations
xiii
Introduction
1
POLITICS LITERATURE AND THE CULTURE OF HUMANISM
11
the trajectory of English letters
23
III The political significance of the AngloLatin tradition
32
IV The Jacobite cause as ideology satire and tragedy
43
JOHNSON AND THE NONJURORS
125
II The theology of the nonjurors
129
III Politics and religious commitment
136
JOHNSONS POLITICAL CONDUCT 17371760
141
II The political pamphlets of 1739
150
III Rebellion and survival 17391746
168
IV The aftermath 17471760
176
JOHNSONS POLITICAL OPINIONS 17601784
190

JOHNSON AND THE ANGLOLATIN TRADITION
59
II The failure of the AngloLatin tradition and the rise of the vernacular
67
the poems of Ossian
77
THE POLITICAL CULTURE OF OXFORD UNIVERSITY 17151768
88
II State oaths and the intelligentsia
93
III Tempora mutantur 17501768
99
JOHNSONS CAREER AND THE QUESTION OF THE OATHS 17091758
105
II A nonjuror at Oxford 17281729
114
III A career frustrated 17291758
117
II Constancy or compromise 17601784
197
JOHNSONS WRITINGS 17601781
211
the Scottish tour
219
III The American Revolution
225
IV The Lives of the Poets
233
SOPHISTRY INDISCRETION FALSEHOOD THE DENIGRATION OF SAMUEL JOHNSON 17751832
238
Index
256
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