Landscape, literature, and English religious culture, 1660-1800 : Samuel Johnson and languages of natural description /

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Main Author: Mayhew, Robert J. 1971-
Format: Book
Published:Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Series:Studies in modern history (Palgrave (Firm))
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Main Author:Mayhew, Robert J. (Robert John), 1971-

Landscape, Literature and English Religious Culture, 1660-1800 offers a powerful revisionist account of the intellectual significance of landscape descriptions during the 'long' Eighteenth-century. Landscape has long been a major arena for debate about the nature of Eighteenth-century English culture; this book surveys those debates and offers a provocative new account. Mayhew shows that describing landscape was a religiously contested practice, and that different theological positions led differing authors to different descriptive approaches. Landscape description, then, shows English intellectual life still in the grips of a Christian and classical mentality in the 'long' Eighteenth-century.

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Physical Description:vi, 426 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 391-420) and index.
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ROBERT MAYHEW is a Lecturer in Historical Geography at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. He has published numerous articles in historical, literary and geographical journals and is author of Enlightenment Geography.

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