The Little Spark and the General Blaze : Speech, Narrative and Fact in James Boswell's Life of Johnson
The thesis performs an explorative reading of James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) in order to interrogate assumptions about the function, use and epistemological limits of direct speech in Boswell's work, and the Eighteenth Century more generally. Rather than ignoring the problems posed by the competing and contradictory epistemological and ontological claims of the presentation of speech in text, the thesis reads Boswell as engaging with these problems at different scales. Each...[Show more]
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