The Revival of Learning:
The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson
A now complete dissertation by Jack Lynch
I finished my dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania in
August 1998. I occasionally make pieces of it available for
those with too much time on their hands. For now, only the
As always, I welcome comments at email@example.com.
- My field-list
rationale, which preceded my third-year field exam.
- My dissertation proposal.
- My abstract from the finished
- My bibliography.
- A conference paper which mutated into chapter 6, "Studied Barbarity: Johnson, Spenser, and
Literary Progress" (a longer version appears in The Age of Johnson, vol. 9).
- Another conference paper which grew up to be chapter 5: "The Ground-Work of Style: Use, Elegance, and
National Identity in Johnson's Dictionary."
- Another chunk o' the same chapter, delivered at a different
conference: "False Refinement and
Declension: Johnson on the History of the Language."
- A conference paper called "Samuel
Johnson and the Revival of Learning," delivered 25 October
1997 at EC/ASECS, which includes material from my introduction
and other bits throughout the project.