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New Light on Boswell : Critical and Historical Essays on the Occasion of the Bicententary of the 'Life' of Johnson - Greg Clingham

New Light on Boswell

Critical and Historical Essays on the Occasion of the Bicententary of the 'Life' of Johnson

By: Greg Clingham (Editor), David Daiches (Introduction by)

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1991
ISBN: 9780521380478
Number Of Pages: 256

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Boswell's Life of Johnson is established as one of the foremost literary biographies in the English language. This collection of new essays, commemorating its bicentenary, investigates Boswell's achievements and limitations in both literary and personal contexts, and goes beyond the Life to examine the full range of Boswell's writings and interests (in legal, social, theological, political and linguistic fields). Drawing Boswell out of Johnson's shadow, the volume places him in a wider context, juxtaposing Boswell with other contemporaries and compatriots in the Scottish enlightenment, such as Hume, Robertson and Blair. In addition it investigates some of the critical and theoretical questions surrounding the notion of biographical representation in the Life itself. Boswell emerges as a writer engaged throughout his literary career in constructing a self or series of selves out of his divided Scottish identity. This collection combines new archival research with fresh critical perspectives and constitutes a timely review of Boswell's current status in eighteenth-century literary studies.

Preface and acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Boswell+s Ambiguity
Boswell and Eighteenth-Century Scottish Culture
Boswell and the rhetoric of friendship
Scottish divines and legal lairds: Boswell+s Scots presbyterian identity
Boswell and the Scotticism
Boswell as man of letters
Contexts for the Life of Johnson
Boswell+s liberty-loving Account of Corsica and the art of travel literature
Boswell and sympathy: the trial and execution of John Reid
Boswell and Hume: the deathbed interview
+This philosophical melancholy+: style and self in Boswell and Hume
The Life of Johnson Reconsidered
The originality of Boswell+s version of Johnson+s quarrel with Lord Chesterfield
Self-restraint and self-display in the authorial comments in the Life of Johnson
The conversations in the Life of Johnson Paul
Remembering the hero in Boswell+s Life of Johnson
Truth and artifice in Boswell+s Life of Johnson
Index
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ISBN: 9780521380478
ISBN-10: 0521380472
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th June 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54

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