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

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

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(p.105) Chapter Three “Look, My Lord, it Comes”: Uncritical Reading and Johnsonian Communion
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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/9780226143859.003.0004

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

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