“Look, My Lord, it Comes”: Uncritical Reading and Johnsonian Communion

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:
“Look, My Lord, it Comes”: Uncritical Reading and Johnsonian Communion

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This chapter investigates the desire that fuels Johnsonian commemoration. It suggests that commemoration of Johnson is indeed fueled by a religious imagination of a communion with Johnson's spirit. This chapter also argues that criticisms on the commemoration in critical texts as well as in communal rituals and museums hinge on the material remainder of worshipful fantasies of transcendence.

Keywords: Johnsonian commemoration; religious imagination; Johnson's spirit; critical texts; communal rituals; fantasies of transcendence

Chapter.  17909 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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