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

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

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Abstract

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
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2020 23:45
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65890
DOI: 10.1093/english/efy001

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