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The Resource Samuel Johnson : the arc of the pendulum, [edited by] Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone

Samuel Johnson : the arc of the pendulum, [edited by] Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone

Label
Samuel Johnson : the arc of the pendulum
Title
Samuel Johnson
Title remainder
the arc of the pendulum
Statement of responsibility
[edited by] Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum offers unique insight into the works of Samuel Johnson by re-considering William Hazlitt's oft-cited comparison between Johnson's prose and a pendulum. In 1819, William Hazlitt condemned Samuel Johnson's prose style as 'a species of rhyming' in which 'the close of the period follows as mechanically as the oscillation of a pendulum, the sense is balanced with the sound'. Predictable, formulaic, and unresponsive, Hazlitt's Johnson was 'incapable of latitude and compromise, a mere automaton who rebounded from one position to its opposite extreme'. This collection of essays focuses on Johnson's works, rather than perceptions of his personality, and argues that Johnson's perceived erratic opinions reflect an understanding of the complexity, instability, and contradictions of the world in which he lived. The volume challenges Hazlitt's influential reading of the Johnsonian pendulum, focusing on the uses and enjoyments of inconsistency, and the varieties of instability, irresolution, and active change which are revealed by and within Johnson. Chapters from a strong team of contributors present new perspectives on Johnson's work, life, and reception. The chapters address questions of style, authority, language, lexicography, and biography across a range of Johnson's writings from the early poetry to the late prose. Johnson emerges from these chapters not as a writer trapped within a set of oppositions, but as one who engages imaginatively and vigorously with flux, dynamism, and inconclusiveness. From the late eighteenth century onwards, to be 'Johnsonian' has typically been made synonymous with firm resolution and trenchant opinion, with polysyllabic excess and a style removed from the exigencies and accidents of ordinary existence. And yet, as this volume suggests, Johnson's life and writings embody the critical and creative play of ideas, a form of interaction with the world which is shaped by instability, contradiction, and combat."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
UKMGB
Dewey number
828.609
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3534
LC item number
.S36 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Johnston, Freya
  • Mugglestone, Lynda
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Johnson, Samuel
Label
Samuel Johnson : the arc of the pendulum, [edited by] Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [208]-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Johnson's pendulum : introduction / Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone -- Johnson and time / Philip Smallwood -- Johnson and change / Robert DeMaria, Jr. -- Johnson's assertions and concessions : moral irresolution and rhetorical performance / John Richetti -- Johnson : sanity and syntax / Philip Davis -- Johnson's Freud / Adam Phillips -- Fault finding in Johnson's Lives of the poets / John Mullan -- Johnson and genius / Lawrence Lipking -- Johnson personified / Freya Johnston -- The creation of character / Jane Steen -- 'A goose-quill or a gander's?' : female writers in Johnson's Dictionary / Charlotte Brewer -- The battle of the word-books : competition, the 'common reader, ' and Johnson's Dictionary / Lynda Mugglestone -- Fixity and instability in the text of Johnson's poems / James McLaverty -- What is it about Johnson? / Isobel Grundy -- Johnson and the Warton brothers / David Fairer -- Johnson rebalanced : the happy man, the supportive family, and his social religion / Howard D. Weinbrot
Control code
806198398
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 226 pages
Isbn
9780199654345
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)806198398
Label
Samuel Johnson : the arc of the pendulum, [edited by] Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [208]-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Johnson's pendulum : introduction / Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone -- Johnson and time / Philip Smallwood -- Johnson and change / Robert DeMaria, Jr. -- Johnson's assertions and concessions : moral irresolution and rhetorical performance / John Richetti -- Johnson : sanity and syntax / Philip Davis -- Johnson's Freud / Adam Phillips -- Fault finding in Johnson's Lives of the poets / John Mullan -- Johnson and genius / Lawrence Lipking -- Johnson personified / Freya Johnston -- The creation of character / Jane Steen -- 'A goose-quill or a gander's?' : female writers in Johnson's Dictionary / Charlotte Brewer -- The battle of the word-books : competition, the 'common reader, ' and Johnson's Dictionary / Lynda Mugglestone -- Fixity and instability in the text of Johnson's poems / James McLaverty -- What is it about Johnson? / Isobel Grundy -- Johnson and the Warton brothers / David Fairer -- Johnson rebalanced : the happy man, the supportive family, and his social religion / Howard D. Weinbrot
Control code
806198398
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 226 pages
Isbn
9780199654345
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)806198398

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