On the Lapidary Style

Riley, Denise (2017) On the Lapidary Style. differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 28 (1). pp. 17-36. ISSN 1040-7391

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“The lapidary style” suggests a manner of writing that runs close to working a material—carving lettering into rock, cutting a gem into fine facets. Poised between the properties of the stone and of the jewel, this term holds the tensions of stone’s solidity and light’s refraction. This discussion will range over the curious nature of this style, its virtues of concision and incisiveness, and what it might say about the “materiality” of language. The “lapidary” shows us the profound implication of a gestural style with meaning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: lapidary style,inscription,poetry,memorial,concision
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Modern and Contemporary Writing Research Group
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Creative Writing Research Group
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 05:07
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 02:43
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63696
DOI: 10.1215/10407391-3821676


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