Johnson and Boswell: The Transit of Caledonia

Johnson and Boswell: The Transit of Caledonia

by Pat Rogers
     
 

This is the first comprehensive treatment of Johnson and Boswell in relation to Scotland, as revealed in their accounts of their trip to the Hebrides in 1773. Locating the famous journey both within the context of travel writing in the decade of Cook's Pacific voyages, and in an intellectual, cultural, and literary context, Rogers explores the motives of both men

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This is the first comprehensive treatment of Johnson and Boswell in relation to Scotland, as revealed in their accounts of their trip to the Hebrides in 1773. Locating the famous journey both within the context of travel writing in the decade of Cook's Pacific voyages, and in an intellectual, cultural, and literary context, Rogers explores the motives of both men in making the "Grand Detour" in the face of the anti-Scottish feeling of the period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198182597
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction1
1'Trembling on the Brink of his Own Climacterick': Johnson's Journey to the Western Islands and the Onset of Old Age10
2The Grand Detour: Johnson's Un-Italian Journey30
3'The Transit of the Caledonian Hemisphere': Johnson and Boswell in an Age of Discovery68
4The Noblest Savage of them All: Johnson, Omai, and Other Primitives89
5Johnson's Letters to Hester Thrale and A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland108
6The Rambler and the Wanderer: Boswell's Road to the Isles139
7Boswell and the Scotticism171
8Johnson, Boswell, and Anti-Scottish Sentiment192
Conclusion216
Appendix: Monboddo, Johnson, and Boswell226
Select Bibliography232
Index237

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