Two New Allusions: Samuel Johnson and the Book of Common Prayer, Boswell, and Apollonius of Rhodes
English & World Languages
Both Samuel Johnson and his disciple James Boswell were masters of deploying intertextual allusions to impart greater freight to their meaning. In Rambler 8 Johnson covertly alludes to the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, while in the Tour to the Hebrides Boswell alludes to Apollonius of Rhodes’ Argonautica. In both cases, these allusions offer considerable insight into characteristic aspects of the art and minds of the two authors. They share a dedication to intertextuality as an important literary technique. However, the two examples reveal important differences: Johnson emerges as a traditional public Christian humanist, while Boswell reveals himself as a private, proto-Romantic confessionalist. © 2018, © 2018 Taylor & Francis.
ANQ - Quarterly Journal of Short Articles Notes and Reviews
Lee, A. W. (2018). Two New Allusions: Samuel Johnson and the Book of Common Prayer, Boswell, and Apollonius of Rhodes. ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 32(3), 144–148. https://doi.org/10.1080/0895769x.2018.1527203