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Tytuł: Rivalry in Literary Biography: Boswell’s Life of Johnson and Holmes’ Dr Johnson and Mr Savage
Autorzy: Shah, Zeynep Harputlu
Słowa kluczowe: anxiety of influence
rivalry
James Boswell
Samuel Johnson
literary biography
Dr Johnson and Mr Savage
Data wydania: 2018
Data dodania: 17-maj-2019
Wydawca: The University of Bialystok
Źródło: Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies 23 (4/2018), pp. 33-45
Abstrakt: This study aims to discuss the complicated nature of literary biography by focusing on the intertextual relations and anxiety of influence among biographers of a single subject. Taking Samuel Johnson’s life and outlook on literary biography as a starting point, the article examines two influential works that are separated by a significant amount of time, Life of Johnson (1791) by James Boswell and Dr Johnson and Mr Savage (1993, 2005) by Richard Holmes, suggesting that in both there is a strong sense of rivalry with their subject and an anxiety about the influence of their predecessors. Both authors exhibit love for or interest in their subject while they strive for superiority in literary biography with their distinctive narrative technique and commentaries on Johnson’s character and life. In this study, I utilise Harold Bloom’s theory of influence in an attempt to show how anxiety and rivalry function as part of a creative process and driving force that leads to original contributions to the field.
Afiliacja: Siirt University, Turkey
Nota biograficzna: Zeynep Harputlu Shah is an assistant professor in the School of Foreign Languages at Siirt University, Turkey. Her research interests include literary biography, Victorian and Edwardian literature, urban history, technology and literature, theories of subjectivity and everyday life, theories of space and place, and urban novels by Dickens, Gissing and Morrison.
E-mail: zeynepharputlu@siirt.edu.tr
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11320/7827
DOI: 10.15290/cr.2018.23.4.03
e-ISSN: 2300-6250
Typ Dokumentu: Article
Występuje w kolekcji(ach):Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies, 2018, Issue 23

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