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Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England - Nicholas Hudson

Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England

Paperback Published: 20th December 2007
ISBN: 9780521045742
Number Of Pages: 304

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Samuel Johnson, one of the most renowned authors of the eighteenth century, became virtually a symbol of English national identity in the century following his death in 1784. In Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England Nicholas Hudson argues that Johnson not only came to personify English cultural identity but did much to shape it. Hudson examines his contribution to the creation of the modern English identity, approaching Johnson's writing and conversation from scarcely explored directions of cultural criticism - class politics, feminism, party politics, the public sphere, nationalism and imperialism. Hudson charts the career of an author who rose from obscurity to fame during precisely the period that England became the dominant ideological force in the Western world. In exploring the relations between Johnson's career and the development of England's modern national identity, Hudson develops provocative arguments concerning both Johnson's literary achievement and the nature of English Nationhood.

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'... it is bold, well argued and, above all, modern.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'The book is beautifully structured and argued, and very clearly written; even undergraduates could follow the accessible line it draws through the difficulties of social definition, party, nationhood and Empire.' British Association for Romantic Studies 'Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England is full of large, resonant arguments collectively embracing Johnson's entire career. It represents an intelligent and ambitious rethinking of his continued meaning for England (not Britain).' Times Literary Supplement

From rank to class: the changing structures of social hierarchy
Constructing the middle-class woman
From broad-bottom to party: the rise of modern English politics
The voice of the nation: the evolution of the public
The construction of English nationhood
The material and ideological development of the British Empire
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ISBN: 9780521045742
ISBN-10: 0521045746
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 20th December 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.45