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Samuel Johnson on Shakespeare

The Discipline of Criticism

By (author) Edward Tomarken
Format: Hardback
Publisher: University of Georgia Press, Georgia, United States
Published: 31st Oct 1991
Dimensions: w 154mm h 230mm
ISBN-10: 0820313580
ISBN-13: 9780820313580
Barcode No: 9780820313580
Tomarken provides a study of Johnson's "Notes to Shakespeare", showing how they raise issues of direct concern to modern critics and theoreticians. He focuses on eight plays to demonstrate the range of Johnson's editorial and critical abilities: "Henry IV", "Troilus and Cressida", "Twelfth Night", "The Taming of the Shrew", "King Lear", "The Tempest", "Hamlet", and "Macbeth". Each chapter, devoted to single play, moves from the particular to the general - from specific remarks about the play in the "Notes", to related theoretical statements in the "Preface", and finally, to an axiom of literary theory. Ranging from a formulation concerning ideology in criticism to a reconsideration of aesthetic empathy, these axioms are, Tomarken contends, essential to literary criticism as a discipline and manifest Johnson's relevance to modern criticism.

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