Document Type

Contribution to Book

Title

Playing Rough: Johnson and Children

Source Publication

New Essays on Samuel Johnson : Revaluation

Publication Date

10-17-2018

Editor

Anthony W. Lee, editor

Publisher

University of Delaware Press

City

Newark, Delaware

ISBN

9781611496789

First Page

145

Last Page

182

Department

English

Publisher Statement

Greg Clingham argues that some of Johnson's most characteristic moral and literary thinking was steeped in the experience of children. He shows how Johnson's understanding of language, memory, and melancholy all drew upon his interactions with children and ideas of childhood -- both through actual experiences and as symbolic structures -- in subtle ways that we usually only associate with Romantic writers, and with the psychological and psychoanalytic interests in childhood that came to the fore in the twentieth century. -- preface

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