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Johnson’s Reading, Beliefs, and Translation of A Voyage to Abyssinia

Wendy Laura Belcher

in Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson: Ethiopian Thought in the Making of an English Author

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199793211
eISBN:
9780199949700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793211.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, World Literature

Johnson was drawn to Voyage historique d'Abissinie, this chapter proposes, by its African Christianity. That is, translating it was a way of thinking about what it meant to be a Christian and how ... More


Habesha Discourse and Johnson’s Oriental Tales

Wendy Laura Belcher

in Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson: Ethiopian Thought in the Making of an English Author

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199793211
eISBN:
9780199949700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793211.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, World Literature

Johnson wrote many “oriental tales” over the same decade he wrote Rasselas, in the 1750s. Most appear to contain details that rise from Johnson’s reading about the Habasha. Some of the Habesha ... More


Introduction

Nicholas Hudson

in Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Thought

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112143
eISBN:
9780191670671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112143.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter discusses Samuel Johnson and his moral and religious thoughts. It is said that Johnson frequently took for granted that his audience understood the context within which his opinions and ... More


Fathers and Mentors

Jane Spencer

in Literary Relations: Kinship and the Canon 1660-1830

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199262960
eISBN:
9780191718731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262960.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter shows how ideas of literary patrilineage were affected by the hierarchized and gendered divide between spirit and matter: with spirit associated with masculinity and paternity and matter ... More


Radical Affinities: Mary Wollstonecraft and Samuel Johnson

James G. Basker

in Tradition in Transition: Women Writers, Marginal Texts, and the Eighteenth-Century Canon

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182887
eISBN:
9780191673900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182887.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter explores the unexpected but profoundly important presence of Samuel Johnson in the mind and writings of Mary Wollstonecraft. It has two aims: first, to map the intertextual connections ... More


Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson: Ethiopian Thought in the Making of an English Author

Wendy Laura Belcher

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199793211
eISBN:
9780199949700
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793211.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, World Literature

As a very young man, one of the most celebrated English authors of the eighteenth century translated a tome about Ethiopia. This experience permanently marked Samuel Johnson, leaving traces of the ... More


Johnson's Authorities: The Professional Scholar and English Texts in Lexicography and Textual Criticism

Simon Jarvis

in Scholars and Gentlemen: Shakespearean Textual Criticism and Representations of Scholarly Labour, 1725-1765

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182955
eISBN:
9780191673924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182955.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

The fullest account of the social and political significance of Samuel Johnson's writings about language – that by John Barrell in his Equal, Wide, Survey – points to an apparent contradiction in ... More


New Trends in Ethics

Nicholas Hudson

in Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Thought

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112143
eISBN:
9780191670671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112143.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter discusses mostly the Christian Epicureanism and how it is different from other doctrines both before and after the eighteenth century. The difference of this doctrine from utilitarianism ... More


Hannah More: The First Victorian

Anne Stott

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199274888
eISBN:
9780191714962
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274888.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Hannah More was a public figure at a time when the ideology of separate spheres relegated women to the private and the domestic. She was a friend of many notable writers, artists, and intellectuals ... More


Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Thought

Nicholas Hudson

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112143
eISBN:
9780191670671
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112143.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Although there are many books on Samuel Johnson's moral and religious thought, none has provided a detailed analysis of his relationship with the ethics and theology of the eighteenth century. This ... More


Theistic Common Sense

Mark A. Noll

in America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151114
eISBN:
9780199834532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151119.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

By 1790, American Christians also embraced the “new moral philosophy,” a way of understanding their faith through “commonsense moral reasoning.” Because they came to believe that God had created ... More


Jacobites and Patriots: Johnson and Savage

Christine Gerrard

in The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Politics, Poetry, and National Myth, 1725-1742

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129820
eISBN:
9780191671869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129820.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

By 1742, Robert Walpole had gone, only to be replaced by ‘politics as usual’, a Whig party reshuffle which in time came to include previous Patriot Whigs who abandoned their commitment to ... More


Doctrinal Controversy

Nicholas Hudson

in Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Thought

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112143
eISBN:
9780191670671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112143.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter discusses doctrinal controversy, including the 1739 controversy on perfectionism that Samuel Johnson had some incidental connection. This debate involved Law's doctrine, but the Church ... More


Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum

Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654345
eISBN:
9780191745003
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654345.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

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 ... More


Biography and Domestic Life

Julian North

in The Domestication of Genius: Biography and the Romantic Poet

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199571987
eISBN:
9780191722363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571987.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

For Johnson, biography should reveal the ‘domestick privacies’ of the great man. This chapter proposes that a helpful way to understand biography, as it developed in the eighteenth and early ... More


The Decision of Samuel Johnson

Howard Erskine-Hill

in Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121770
eISBN:
9780191671296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121770.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Samuel Johnson was born and raised in the established Church of England, in which communion he remained from conviction throughout his life. Nothing in his background of any formal or serious nature ... More


The Vanity of Human Wishes in Context

Howard Erskine-Hill

in Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121770
eISBN:
9780191671296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121770.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The Vanity of Human Wishes is a highly political poem showing a deep concern with the processes of history. It explores two ways in which a state might suddenly change or be ... More


Scholars and Gentlemen: Shakespearean Textual Criticism and Representations of Scholarly Labour, 1725-1765

Simon Jarvis

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182955
eISBN:
9780191673924
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182955.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Among the earliest editors of William Shakespeare were several of the eighteenth century's most powerful writers. This book demonstrates how much was at stake for these writers in the editing of ... More


Samuel Johnson and the Politics of Hanoverian England

John Cannon

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204527
eISBN:
9780191676321
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204527.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

This is a reinterpretation of the Georgian political order. Samuel Johnson's life (1709–84) spans most of the 18th century. His contacts in the literary and cultural, scholarly, and political worlds ... More


The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Politics, Poetry, and National Myth, 1725-1742

Christine Gerrard

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129820
eISBN:
9780191671869
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129820.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This book is a full-length study of the so-called Patriot opposition to Robert Walpole, which reached its height during the clamour for war against Spain at the turn of the 1730s. The book examines ... More


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