Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England
By (author) Nicholas Hudson
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Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England by Nicholas Hudson
Book DescriptionSamuel 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521045742
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nicholas Hudson
Political Biography of Samuel Johnson, Paperback (January 2016)
Johnson rose from obscure origins to become a major literary figure of the eighteenth century. Through a detailed survey of his major works and political journalism, Hudson constructs a complex picture of Johnson as a moralist forced to accept the realistic nature of politics during an era of revolutionary transition.
Modern Australian Usage, Paperback (May 2015)
Why have a guide to using language when you can look it up on the internet? Because the answers aren't always obvious or accurate. Nicholas Hudson's wonderfully comprehensive and practical compendium on the English language will tell you what you need to know.
Swift's Travels, Paperback (March 2011)
New essays on Swift and his impact on satire and satirists up to the present.
History of Pompey the Little, Paperback (August 2008)» View all books by Nicholas Hudson
Pompey the Little , the canine narrator of this story, is a uniquely observant and witty guide to eighteenth-century culture, both high and low. In the course of the novel Pompey is passed from owner to owner, offering a panoramic vision of English and European societies in the period.
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Author Biography - Nicholas Hudson
Nicholas Hudson is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Thought (1988), Writing and European Thought, 1600-1830 (Cambridge, 1994), and of numerous essays on eighteenth-century literature, thought and culture.
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