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Habesha Discourse in Johnson’s Sources for Rasselas

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/9780199793211.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, World Literature

In this chapter and the next, the purpose is not to curtail any of the ongoing scholarly discussions of Rasselas. Rather, the purpose is to lay next to them a reading of Rasselas as, paradoxically ... More


Habesha Discourse and Johnson’s Rasselas

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/9780199793211.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, World Literature

Why is Rasselas so strange? It is the argument of this chapter that this is so at least partly because of Samuel Johnson’s strange relationship with the literature about the Habesha. While, of ... More


Johnson's Conclusiveness

FRED PARKER

in Scepticism and Literature: An Essay on Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199253180
eISBN:
9780191719189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253180.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Johnson's counter-sceptical impulses towards conclusiveness and general assertion in argument existed in a vital, dialogic tension, often expressed as irony, with his understanding of thinking as an ... More


Johnson's Freud

Adam Phillips

in Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654345
eISBN:
9780191745003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654345.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

‘Johnson's Freud’ is about whether it is useful to think of Johnson as in any sense a precursor of Freud. It investigates aspects of resistance, repression, and change as characteristic of Johnson's ... More


Lunacy in the Cosmopolis (1759): Expansion and Imperial Recoil

Carol Watts

in The Cultural Work of Empire: The Seven Years' War and the Imagining of the Shandean State

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748625642
eISBN:
9780748671717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625642.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter investigates the global trajectories of empire at work in three novels from the war's annus mirabilis, 1759: Voltaire's Candide, Samuel Johnson's Rasselas and Laurence Sterne's Tristram ... More


Johnson’s Rasselas and The Best Possible Storyworld

Karin Kukkonen

in A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190634766
eISBN:
9780190634780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634766.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter discusses the role of the unities in Samuel Johnson’s Rasselas. As the unities constrain the coherence of the fictional world, the imagination extends it. This tension is related to the ... More


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