Johnsonian Romance

Helen Deutsch

in Loving Dr. Johnson

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226143828
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226143859 | DOI:
Johnsonian Romance

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This chapter investigates the autopsy as the founding event of both the Johnsonian monument and of a Johnsonian community united by desire for individual conversation. It discusses the romance in Johnson's autopsy. This chapter explains that in the context of the autopsy and the tradition of medical Johnsonians it inspires, the literary labor of preserving Johnson's immortality as an anecdotally embodied Luke Wilson's character exemplifies the characterization of the practice of anatomy as a romance that recuperates, reunifies, and reanimates dissection's violent reduction of the body to its parts.

Keywords: Johnsonian monument; autopsy; romance; Johnsonian community; medical Johnsonians; literary labor

Chapter.  10888 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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