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Loving Dr. Johnson$
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Helen Deutsch

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226143828

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226143859.001.0001

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Johnsonian Romance

Johnsonian Romance

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(p.43) Chapter One Johnsonian Romance
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Loving Dr. Johnson
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Helen Deutsch

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226143859.003.0002

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

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