Mentoring in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Cultureby Anthony W. Lee
Pub. Date: 12/01/2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
In the first collection devoted to mentoring relationships in British literature and culture, the editor and contributors offer a fresh lens through which to observe familiar and lesser known authors and texts. Employing a variety of critical and methodological approaches, which reflect the diversity of the mentoring experiences under consideration, the collection
In the first collection devoted to mentoring relationships in British literature and culture, the editor and contributors offer a fresh lens through which to observe familiar and lesser known authors and texts. Employing a variety of critical and methodological approaches, which reflect the diversity of the mentoring experiences under consideration, the collection highlights in particular the importance of mentoring in expanding print culture. Topics include John Wilmot the Earl of Rochester's relationships to a range of role models, John Dryden's mentoring of women writers, Alexander Pope's problematic attempts at mentoring, the vexed nature of Jonathan Swift's cross-gender and cross-class mentoring relationships, Samuel Richardson's largely unsuccessful efforts to influence Urania Hill Johnson, and an examination of Elizabeth Carter and Samuel Johnson's as co-mentors of one another's work. Taken together, the essays further the case for mentoring as a globally operative critical concept, not only in the eighteenth century, but in other literary periods as well.
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Contents: Introduction: authority and influence in 18th-century British literary mentoring; 'Reverend Shapes': Lord Rochester's many mentors, James William Johnson; 'Manly strength with modern softness': Dryden and the mentoring of women writers, Anne Cotterill; Alexander Pope: perceived patron, misunderstood mentor, Shef Rogers; 'I will have you spell right, let the world go how it will': Swift the (tor)mentor, Brean Hammond and Nicholas Seager; Candide and Tom Jones: Voltaire perched on Fielding's shoulders, E.M. Langille; Filling the blanks in the Richardson circle: the unsuccessful mentorship of Urania Johnson, Nicholas D. Nace; Raising a risible nation: merry mentoring and the art (and sometimes science) of joking greatness, Kevin L. Cope; The education of Henry Sampson Woodfall, newspaperman, Lance Bertelsen; The text of the missed encounter: mentorship as absence in Smart, Johnson, Bate, and Trilling, Thomas Simmons; Who's mentoring whom? Mentorship, alliance and rivalry in the Carter-Johnson relationship, Anthony W. Lee; The duties of a scholar: Samuel Johnson in Piozzi's Anecdotes, Elizabeth Hedrick; Mothers, Marys, and reforming 'the rising generation': Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Hay, Margaret Kathryn Sloan; Index.
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