Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England by Nicholas HudsonSamuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England by Nicholas Hudson

Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern England

byNicholas Hudson

Paperback | December 3, 2007

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One of the most renowned authors of the eighteenth century, Samuel Johnson became a symbol of English national identity in the century following his death in 1784. Nicholas Hudson examines his contribution to the creation of the modern English identity, focusing on his attitudes towards class, feminism, party politics, the public sphere, nationalism, and imperialism. This new view of Johnson reflects the nature of English nationhood.
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.
Title:Samuel Johnson and the Making of Modern EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:December 3, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521045746

ISBN - 13:9780521045742

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. From 'rank' to 'class': the changing structures of social hierarchy; 2. Constructing the middle-class woman; 3. From 'broad-bottom' to 'party': the rise of modern English politics; 4. 'The voice of the nation': the evolution of the 'public'; 5. The construction of English nationhood; 6. The material and ideological development of the British Empire; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...the author's careful research, engaging style of writing, and amiable tone make this a book that will please both literary critics and historians. No matter what you think of Samuel Johnson, as writer or man, this volume will give you a better appreciation of the author of The Rambler, Rasselas, and Lives of the Poets, by presenting, not 'the Age of Johnson,' but 'Johnson within his Age.'" Albion, Paul Monod