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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About 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).
Table of Contents
Preface; Note on the texts and citation; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Struggling to emerge from barbarity: historiography and the idea of the classic; 2. Learning's triumph: historicism and the spirit of the age; 3. Call Britannia's glories back to view: Tudor history and Hanoverian historians; 4. The rage of Reformation: religious controversy and political stability; 5. The ground-work of stile: language and national identity; 6. Studied barbarity: Jonson, Spenser, and the idea of progress; 7. The last age: Renaissance lost; Notes; Bibliography; Index.