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Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property - Kevin Hart

Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property

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Published: 28th September 1999
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Kevin Hart traces the vast literary legacy and reputation of Samuel Johnson. Through detailed analyses of the biographers, critics and epigones who carefully crafted and preserved Johnson's life for posterity, Hart explores the emergence of what came to be called 'The Age of Johnson'. Hart shows how late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Britain experienced the emergence and consolidation of a rich and diverse culture of property. In dedicating himself to Johnson's death, Hart argues, James Boswell turned his friend into a monument, a piece of public property. Through subtle analyses of copyright, forgery and heritage in eighteenth-century life, this study traces the emergence of competing forms of cultural property: a Hanoverian politics of property engages a Jacobite politics of land. Kevin Hart places Samuel Johnson within this rich cultural context, demonstrating how Johnson came to occupy a place at the heart of the English literary canon.

'Kevin Hart's Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property is a remarkably fresh and original portrait of the strongest western literary critic. Hart precisely shows us both the prudential wisdom and the critical powers of the greatest English sage.' Harold Bloom '... this is a well-written, knowledgeable, intelligent and articulate book on Johnson's cultural relations.' The New Rambler

Introduction: economic acts
The monument
'The age of Johnson'
Property lines
Subordination and exchange
Cultural properties
Everyday life in Johnson
Conclusion: 'property, contract, trade, and profits'
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ISBN: 9780521651820
ISBN-10: 0521651824
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 28th September 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.54