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The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson
     

The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson

by Jack Lynch
 

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Jack Lynch explores eighteenth-century British conceptions of the Renaissance, and the historical, intellectual, and cultural uses to which the past was put. He argues that scholars, editors, historians, religious thinkers, linguists, and literary critics defined themselves in relation to "the last age" or "the age of Elizabeth". This interdisciplinary study is of

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Jack Lynch explores eighteenth-century British conceptions of the Renaissance, and the historical, intellectual, and cultural uses to which the past was put. He argues that scholars, editors, historians, religious thinkers, linguists, and literary critics defined themselves in relation to "the last age" or "the age of Elizabeth". This interdisciplinary study is of interest to cultural as well as literary historians of the eighteenth century.

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"Lynch has produced a set of excellent essays...[he] gives his own readers a number of compelling stories, solidly researched and richly rewarding to read." Martine Watson Brownley, Emory University, Albion

"Recommended." Choice

"Jack Lynch has undertaken an important task in explaining the eighteenth century's view of its immediate literary predecessors... Lynch lets the different versions of 18th century responses to the Renaissance play against each other in a postmodern way." The East-Central Intelligencer

"[A] worthwhile volume." H-ALBION

"well-designed book...a useful start for anyone interested in either period and English literary history in general. It has thirty-three pages of notes and a twenty-page bibliography that helpfully point readers to further resources, with a mixture of secondary sources, which are readily available, and primary texts, which attest to Lynch's original research." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England Bernice W. Kliman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521819077
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Lynch is assistant professor of English at Rutgers University. He is co-editor, with Paul J. Korshin, of The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual. He is the author of A Bibliography of Johnsonian Studies, 1986-1998 (2000) and Samuel Johnson's Dictionary: Selections from the 1755 Work that Defined the English Language (2002).

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