Landscape, Literature and English Religious Culture, 1660–1800

Samuel Johnson and Languages of Natural Description

  • Robert J. Mayhew

Part of the Studies in Modern History book series (SMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Historiography and Landscape Studies

  3. Landscape and Religion, 1660–1800: Preliminary Contexts

  4. Samuel Johnson, High Churchmanship and Landscape

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 318-426

About this book


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.


bibliography biography coherence culture discourse eighteenth century English English literature historiography history history of literature knowledge landscape nature religion

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Mayhew
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WalesAberystwythUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-43185-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50419-6
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