- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199793212
- ISBN-13: 978-0199793211
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 6.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,616,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The most original and provocative book on Samuel Johnson that I have read in a very long time. ... A book like this comes around all too infrequently; many readers of Johnson will never read and think about Johnson again without considering Abyssinia as a significant point of reference."—Anthony W. Lee, Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer "
This is a highly stimulating, scholarly, and challenging account of Johnson with broad implications for how we read more generally."—Jonathon Lamb, Studies in English Literature
"Ingenious and original… Belcher’s account radically reframes Johnson’s thought while also offering a new model—‘discursive possession’—for theorizing the relationship between European and non-European cultures that should have wide-ranging resonance beyond Johnsonian and eighteenth-century studies. … Belcher’s compelling reading of the significance of Habesha Christianity for Johnson’s thought offers a wonderful solution to the long-standing debate over the nature of Johnson’s ‘slightly peculiar,’ seemingly crypto-Catholic Anglicanism.”—Jessica Richard, Review in English Studies "
"Perceptive ... a welcome counter-blast to the drab postcolonial drum. ... she brandishes the new term 'discursive possession', the illustration of which will doubtless occupy her, and other scholars, for some time to come." —Robert Fraser, Leeds African Studies Bulletin
"Throughout, the analysis is thorough and compellingly argued. More controversial, perhaps, will be the shift in understandings of imperialism that result from her theoretical argument. ... this book is required reading."—C. S. Vilmar, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
"This is truly a book for the twenty-first century. We have hitherto resisted seeing African cultural influences on Europeans. Wendy Laura Belcher concept of "discursive possession" offers important new gambits in comparative studies. She also introduces us to a Doctor Johnson we never knew before, an African Johnson haunted and inspired by spiritual voyages to Abyssinia."—Margaret Anne Doody, author of Frances Burney: The Life in the Works
"Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson radically revises our understanding of the relationship between English literature and African thought, while unsettling our faith in the agency of England's most monumental author. With remarkable originality and erudition, Belcher challenges received ideas of literary influence and colonial encounter. The English canon will never look the same."—Helen Deutsch, author of Loving Dr. Johnson
About the Author
Wendy Laura Belcher is Assistant Professor of African literature in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks and Honey from the Lion: An African Journey.