"The fictions of romantick chivalry" : Samuel Johnson and romance /
Eithne Henson.
Rutherford, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Toronto : Associated University Presses, c1992.
255 p. : ill.
0838634206 (alk. paper)
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Rutherford, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Toronto : Associated University Presses, c1992.
0838634206 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 239-248.
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It is well known that Samuel Johnson, that apostle of prudence and common sense, from his earliest reading in penny-chapbook versions of Guy of Warwick and Bevis of Southampton, was fascinated by tales of magic, heroism, and adventure by medieval romance. Henson documents how thoroughly this interest pervaded Johnson's career, supplying illustrative texts for the Dictionary; background material for the notes to Shakespeare; recurrent imagery of dungeons, giants, and enchanters; a fascination (and identification) with Quixote; and the terms through which Johnson came to understand Scotland's relation to its feudal past. Because the general point is well known, no particular example Henson supplies surprises, and too often in pursuit of her thesis she finds romance elements lurking under the most commonplace phrase or image, a "quest" in every common errand. What gives this book its value (mainly for specialists) is the sheer volume of her evidence, which serves to remind us once again not to reduce Johnson to some stereotypic rationalist enemy of fiction and the "imagination." D. L. Patey; Smith College
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Table of Contents
List of Abbreviationsp. 9
Prefacep. 11
Acknowledgmentsp. 15
Romances of Chivalryp. 19
Following Johnson to the "Enchanted Wood"p. 54
Johnson's Romance Metaphorsp. 92
Johnson and Don Quixotep. 111
Literary Criticismp. 143
The Scottish Quixotep. 184
Notesp. 228
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 249
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