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The contemporary problem of style

Richard Robinson Orcid Logo, Barry Sheils

Textual Practice, Volume: 36, Issue: 4, Pages: 473 - 500

Swansea University Author: Richard Robinson Orcid Logo

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This essay sets the parameters of this special issue on the contemporary problem of style. Noting that the critical term style has returned to discursive prominence in recent years, this introduction explores the peculiarity of its status in literary studies. Asking how style underlies critical prac...

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Published in: Textual Practice
ISSN: 0950-236X 1470-1308
Published: Informa UK Limited 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa59153
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Abstract: This essay sets the parameters of this special issue on the contemporary problem of style. Noting that the critical term style has returned to discursive prominence in recent years, this introduction explores the peculiarity of its status in literary studies. Asking how style underlies critical practice today, we track the partially conflicting genealogies of style and the variety of its disciplinary relations. We explore the problem of style now: in its modernist inheritances; its association to class and nationality, especially Englishness; its reconfiguration through world Englishes and the global novel; its coupling with new aestheticism and new formalism; its recasting as a problem of receptivity and attachment in the era of ‘post-critique’; its intimate connection to shame, affect and embodiment (given especial impetus by critical race theory and sexuality studies); and its persistent association with subcultures and the scandalous pleasures of ‘lifestyle’.
Keywords: new formalism; new aestheticism; modernism; weird English; stylistics; post-critique; shame
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Issue: 4
Start Page: 473
End Page: 500