Description's repertoire: the Journals of R.F. Langley

Benson, Stephen ORCID: (2018) Description's repertoire: the Journals of R.F. Langley. English, 67 (256). pp. 43-63. ISSN 0013-8215

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This essay offers an extended reading of the poet R. F. Langley’s Journals, a volume gradually coming to be recognised as a major work in an English tradition of descriptive writing on art, architecture and natural history. Langley’s descriptive practice has additional significance today as description experiences something of a revival, conceived both as a form of what we might now call creative-critical writing and within an academy concerned variously with the possibility of a so-called ‘post-critical’ attitude. Following a brief sketch of this contemporary scene, the essay identifies a Langleyan repertoire of description in a series of modest turns on the rhetorical mode of ekphrasis and on the discourse that has accompanied description through the ages.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Note, first published online on 2 May 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: description ,rf langley,ekphrasis,contemporary literature
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-Critical Research Group
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 03:27
DOI: 10.1093/english/efy001


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