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A Question of Tone

Johnson's Critical Voice on Shakespeare and the Poets

The past of literary criticism is made up of the ideas, tastes, and judgments of literary critics who are now dead and gone; but is also composed of their distinctive voices and the resonant tones we hear and respond to as we read their work in the present day. Such tonal qualities in the prose of literary critics carry forward across time independently of changes or revolutions in intellectual culture. Philip Smallwood’s talk focuses on the persistently ironic nuance and subtle comedy of Johnson’s major criticism. By this, he suggests, Johnson’s criticism finds a vital, and vitalizing, point of entry into the critical consciousness of the present.


Professor Philip Smallwood | talks


Date and Time:

16 November 2006 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Dr Johnson's House
17 Gough Square
0207 353 3745

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