The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
In The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson, Jack Lynch explores eighteenth-century British conceptions of the Renaissance, and the historical, intellectual, and cultural uses to which the past was put during the period. Scholars, editors, historians, religious thinkers, linguists, and literary critics of the period all defined themselves in relation to 'the last age' or 'the age of Elizabeth'. This interdisciplinary study will be of interest to cultural as well as literary historians of the eighteenth century.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Struggling to emerge from barbarity historiography and the idea of the classic
18
Learnings triumph historicism and the spirit of the age
38
Call Britannias glories back to view Tudor history and Hanoverian historians
57
The rage of Reformation religious controversy and political stability
78
The groundwork of stile language and national identity
97
Studied barbarity Jonson Spenser and the idea of progress
120
The last age Renaissance lost
143
Notes
165
Bibliography
198
Index
219
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