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Bad Behavior: Samuel Johnson and Modern Cultural Authority Martin Wechselblatt

Bad Behavior: Samuel Johnson and Modern Cultural Authority

Martin Wechselblatt

Published August 1st 1998
ISBN : 9780838753293
Paperback
202 pages
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Situating Johnson within a historical and sociological model of modernity adopted from critical theory, this book argues that Johnsons double self-construction as at once high-cultural sage and popular hack engages tensions between learned andMoreSituating Johnson within a historical and sociological model of modernity adopted from critical theory, this book argues that Johnsons double self-construction as at once high-cultural sage and popular hack engages tensions between learned and commercial cultures in the emerging public sphere of modern civil society. Wechselblatt investigates the critical reduction of Johnsons discourse to its maxims and the relation of this critical practice to the peculiarly modern identification felt by fans toward celebrities.