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New Essays on Samuel Johnson: Revaluation is a collection of essays by various hands that examines its point of focus, the inexhaustible English author Samuel Johnson, from a variety of different critical perspectives. The book also simultaneously interrogates particular texts (such as the Dictionary, the Lives of the Poets) alongside general themes (such as Johnson and intertextuality, Johnson and autobiography). The word “revaluation” from the title connotes both the deployment of specifically au courant approaches—viewing, for example, Johnson in relation to climate change, or Johnson and the notion of “osmology”—as well as more general reflections upon Johnson’s importance to our present cultural and temporal moment.

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ISBN-13: 9781611496789
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Publication date: 10/17/2018
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.59(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Anthony W. Lee has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Arkansas, Kentucky Wesleyan College, the University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Maryland University College, where he also served as director of the English and Humanities Program. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Arkansas Tech University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Short Titles
I. Re-Reading Specific Texts
1. The Values of Annotation: Reading Johnson Reading Shakespeare
Lynda Mugglestone
2. No Poem an Island: Utopian Intertextuality in London, A Poem
Anthony W. Lee
3. “Pleasure or Weariness”: Additions to and Exclusions from the Lives of the Poets
Adam Rounce
4. Dr. Johnson at Prayer: Consolation Philosophy in The Prayers and Meditations
Katherine Kickel
5. Samuel Johnson and Taxation No Tyranny: “I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.”
Thomas Curley
II. Re-Mapping Larger Themes and Issues
6. Sustainability Johnson
John Sitter
7. Samuel Johnson as Heterodox Critic and Poet
John Richetti
8. Playing Rough: Johnson and Children
Greg Clingham
9. Samuel Johnson and Autobiography: Reflection, Ambivalence, and “Split Intentionality”
Steven Scherwatzky
10. Considering Johnson’s “Nose of the Mind” and Mind’s Nose: Olfaction Deployed and Suppressed in the “Age of Johnson”
Emily C. Friedman
11. “Try to Resolve Again”: Johnson and the Written Art of Everyday Life
Paul Tankard
Biographical List of Contributors

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