Guide to the Brian Peter Johnston (1932- ) Papers

Collection Title: Brian Peter Johnston (1932- ) Papers
Dates: ca. 1964-1967
Identification: 11/3/11/10
Creator: Johnston, Brian, 1932-
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Brian P. Johnston Papers include lecture and reading notes mainly concerning European and American authors and literature.
Acquisition Information: The Johnston Papers were separated from the Bergen Evans Papers, Series 11/3/11/9 (Accession Number 78-22).
Processing Information: Margaret Faverty, July 6, 1983
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Brian Peter Johnston, professor of English literature, was born April 14, 1932, in Lincolnshire, Great Britain, and attended several elementary and secondary schools in various parts of Great Britain until 1946. Following three years of service in the Royal Air Force (1950-1953), three years of civilian work and one year of study at Fircroft College, Birmingham, he was admitted in 1957 to Christ College, Cambridge University where in 1960, he obtained a Class I degree.

After gaining his degree he taught English for one year in Norway then returned to Cambridge to work on a research grant and resume studies toward a doctorate. His field of research centered on Ibsen in England. In 1962 Johnston again traveled to Norway, took a teaching position at Norges Laererhogskole in Trondheim and pursued further research for his doctoral degree. In 1964 Johnston accepted an appointment as instructor of English at Northwestern University. At Northwestern he taught courses in modern drama in addition to introductory literature courses.

Johnston left Northwestern in 1967.

Scope and Content

The Brian P. Johnston Papers span the period ca. 1964-1967 and comprise two folders of lecture and reading notes mainly concerning European and American authors and literature.

Arrangement of Materials

The notes are arranged alphabetically according to subject headings. The headings included are as follows: Anglo-Saxon Poetry; Aristotle; Arnold, Matthew; Beowulf; Chaucer; Coleridge; Criticism; Defoe; Drama; Dryden; Eliot, George; Eliot, T.S.; Fielding; Hazlitt; Hawthorne; Henryson; Hobbes; Hopkins; Jonson; Kierkegaard; Longinus; Maxwell; Metaphysical Poetry; Middleton; Milton; Morte d' Arthur; Nineteenth Century Literature; Plato; Pope; Shakespeare; Sonnets; Tragedy; Webster; Wordsworth; Wyatt and Surrey; Yeats



English literature--Study and teaching--United States

Container List / Contents

  • Lecture and Reading Notes, A-H, n.d.Box 1, Folder 1
  • Lecture and Reading Notes, J-Y, n.d.Box 1, Folder 2