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Landscape, Literature and English Religious Culture, 1660–1800

Samuel Johnson and Languages of Natural Description


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

  1. 1.University of WalesAberystwythUK

About the authors

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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