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Style's Body: The Case of Dr. Johnson

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226143859.003.0003
Style's Body: The Case of Dr. Johnson

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This chapter examines style in relation to the autopsied body of Samuel Johnson. It shows that the body upon which the Johnsonian monument is based was in fact in perpetual motion marred by a series of convulsive starts, tics, and gesticulations. This chapter also considers the body of Johnson's style against anecdotal traces of Johnson's physical moving, a ticking body that endures on the pages of literary biographies and medical journals.

Keywords: style; Samuel Johnson; autopsied body; Johnson's body; literary biographies; medical journals

Chapter.  13590 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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