How can we identify the peripheral topics or characters purportedly "excluded" from a text, unless it provides compelling inferences that oblige us to supply the omission? In which case, something subtler is at work than barefaced proscription. Rehearsing the comparative merits of great and little things, Johnson and his contemporaries tested the opposing claims of pagan and Christian authority.
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Ancient criticism, and its eighteenth-century adherents, held that each subject required an appropriate style: little matters call for the low, lofty ones for the high. Through a series of close readings, this book examines how Johnson conceived of his relationships to and with the margins of writing and of society.
It proposes that his literary and critical practice is neither inclusive nor exclusive in its attitudes towards peripheral things. Table of Contents Introduction 1. Inclusion and Exclusion 2. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Add to Wishlist. USD Buy Online, Pick up in Store is currently unavailable, but this item may be available for in-store purchase.
Overview The traditional view of Samuel Johnson as hostile to particulars, trifles, and aesthetic mediocrity only half-explains his authorial character.
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