ISBN : 9780198737827
What is 'style', and how does it relate to thought in language? It has often been treated as something merely linguistic, independent of thought, ornamental; stylishness for its own sake. Or else it has been said to subserve thought, by mimicking, delineating, or heightening ideas that are already expressed in the words. This ambitious and timely book explores a third, more radical possibility in which style operates as a verbal mode of thinking through. Rather than figure thought as primary and pre-verbal, and language as a secondary delivery system, style is conceived here as having the capacity to clarify or generate thinking. The book's focus is on non-fiction prose, and it looks across the long nineteenth century. Leading scholars survey twenty of the most influential authors who have gained reputations as either 'stylists' or as 'thinkers' to re-imagine the possible alliances, interplays, and generative tensions between thinking, thinkers, style, and stylists.
Michael D. Hurley and Marcus Waithe: Introduction: Thinking, Thinkers, Style, Stylists; 1 James Engell: 'A Hare in Every Nettle': Coleridge's Prose; 2 Matthew Bevis: Charles Lamb . . . Seriously; 3 Freya Johnston: Keeping to William Hazlitt; 4 Michael O'Neill: 'Pictures' and 'Signs': Creative Thinking in Shelley's Prose, 1816-1821; 5 Ruth Scurr: 'The greatest irregular': Thomas Carlyle's Re-Creative Purpose in The French Revolution; 6 Michael D. Hurley: John Henry Newman, Thinking Out Into Language; 7 Valerie Sanders: 'Things Pressing to be said': Harriet Martineau's Mission to Inform; 8 Adam Phillips: Emerson and the Impossibilities of Style; 9 James Williams: Darwin's Theological Virtues; 10 Dinah Birch: 'Just Proportions': The Material of George Eliot's Writing; 11 Marcus Waithe: Ruskin's Style of Thought: Animating Re-description in the Late Writings; 12 David Russell: The Idea of Matthew Arnold; 13 Angela Leighton: Walter Pater's Dream Rhythms; 14 Philip Davis: Cashing In on William James; 15 Adrian Poole: Touch-and-go with Robert Louis Stevenson; 16 Hugh Haughton: Oscar Wilde: Thinking Style; 17 Catherine Maxwell: Vernon Lee's Handling of Words; 18 Simon Jarvis: Chesterton and the Superman: Chesterton's Levitations; 19 Susan Sellers: Virginia Woolf: Writing and the Ordinary Mind; 20 Stefan Collini: Vexing the thoughtless: T.S. Eliot's early criticism