Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England

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In Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England Nicholas Hudson argues that Johnson not only came to personify English cultural identity but did much to shape it. Hudson examines his contribution to the creation of the modern English identity, approaching Johnson's writing and conversation from scarcely explored directions of cultural criticism - class politics, feminism, party politics, the public sphere, nationalism, and imperialism. Hudson charts the career of an author who rose from obscurity to fame ...
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Overview

In Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England Nicholas Hudson argues that Johnson not only came to personify English cultural identity but did much to shape it. Hudson examines his contribution to the creation of the modern English identity, approaching Johnson's writing and conversation from scarcely explored directions of cultural criticism - class politics, feminism, party politics, the public sphere, nationalism, and imperialism. Hudson charts the career of an author who rose from obscurity to fame during precisely the period that England became the dominant force in the Western world. In exploring the relations between Johnson's career and the development of England's modern national identity, Hudson develops new and provocative arguments concerning both Johnson's literary achievement and the nature of English nationhood.
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"Those seeking a rich rendering of the historical particulars that defined the Age of Johnson and its impact will find much of interest in Hudson." Eighteenth Century Fiction

"...the author's careful research, engaging style of writing, and amiable tone make this a book that will please both literary critics and historians. No matter what you think of Samuel Johnson, as writer or man, this volume will give you a better appreciation of the author of The Rambler, Rasselas, and Lives of the Poets, by presenting, not 'the Age of Johnson,' but 'Johnson within his Age.'" Albion, Paul Monod

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521045742
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Hudson is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Thought (1988), Writing and European Thought, 1600–1830 (Cambridge, 1994), and of numerous essays on eighteenth-century literature, thought and culture.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 From "rank" to "class": the changing structures of social hierarchy 11
2 Constructing the middle-class woman 43
3 From "Broad-bottom" to "party": the rise of modern English politics 77
4 "The voice of the nation": the evolution of the "public" 108
5 The construction of English nationhood 133
6 The material and ideological development of the British Empire 170
Conclusion 221
Notes 227
Bibliography 264
Index 283
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