Johnson, Writing, and Memory
Johnson, Writing, and Memory demonstrates the importance of memory in Samuel Johnson's oeuvre. Greg Clingham argues that this is a notion of memory that is derived from the process of historical and creative writing, and is found to be embodied in works of literature and other cultural forms. He examines Johnson's writing, including his biographical writing, as it intersects with eighteenth-century thought on literature, history, fiction and law and in its subsequent compatibility with and resistance to modern theory. Clingham offers a theoretically nuanced and original account of Johnson's work.
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INTRODUCTION Johnson and authority
CHAPTER 1 Johnson and memory
CHAPTER 2 Johnson and nature
CHAPTER 3 Law narrative and memory
CHAPTER 4 Narrative history and memory in the Lives of the Poets
CHAPTER 5 Translation and memor in the Lives of the Poets
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