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Bad Writing

Edwin L. Battistella

in Bad Language: Are Some Words Better than Others?

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195172485
eISBN:
9780199788187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter examines prose style, with the aim of showing that good writing is a relative notion. Topics discussed include the craft of writing and the importance of clear and direct language in ... More


English Works of John Fisher: General Introduction

Cecilia A. Hatt (ed.)

in English Works of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester: Sermons and Other Writings 1520 to 1535

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198270119
eISBN:
9780191600609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198270119.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This introduction to Fisher's writings deals with four main topics. It first gives an account of the aims and techniques of the medieval preaching tradition, in particular the “university sermon”, ... More


Milton and the Good Old Cause

Thomas N. Corns

in Uncloistered Virtue: English Political Literature, 1640-1660

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128830
eISBN:
9780191671715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128830.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Milton retained a civil service post throughout the 1650s, drawing his final salary for the third quarter of 1659, though he had written little for the State apart from diplomatic correspondence ... More


The Rhythms of Character in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Miss Brill’

Helen Rydstrand

in Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474416368
eISBN:
9781474434591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416368.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter investigates the ways that Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Miss Brill’ is constructed through textual rhythms. Specifically, it argues that the story is distinguished by an arrhythmic duality ... More


The Prose Homer of History

Jessica Priestley

in Herodotus and Hellenistic Culture: Literary Studies in the Reception of the Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199653096
eISBN:
9780191766459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653096.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter discusses interpretative possibilities and contexts for Herodotus' Homeric reputation. The appellation ‘Prose Homer of History’ in the second century Salmakis Inscription proves to be a ... More


Unearthing Pierre

Paul Grimstad

in Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199874071
eISBN:
9780199345465
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks at how Melville reacted to reviews for Moby-Dick by adding pages to the finished manuscript of Pierre, and considers Melville’s use of allegory. It also looks in detail at ... More


Johnson's Pendulum: Introduction

Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone

in Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654345
eISBN:
9780191745003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654345.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Describing Samuel Johnson's prose style, William Hazlitt turned to the image of the pendulum. It is depicted by him as oscillating with predictable regularity, its movement inflexible as well as ... More


Johnson's Assertions and Concessions: Moral Irresolution and Rhetorical Performance

John Richetti

in Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654345
eISBN:
9780191745003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654345.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Johnson often enough in his moral writings entertains propositions in order to display his rhetorical abilities, defending notions he elsewhere refutes or rejects. His essays are essentially ... More


Keeping to William Hazlitt

Freya Johnston

in Thinking Through Style: Non-Fiction Prose of the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198737827
eISBN:
9780191801273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198737827.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Style, as this chapter shows, mattered to Hazlitt. A test of character, as of sensations and ideas, it bodied forth the relationships between human beings and the objects of their love, hatred, and ... More


Adloyada

Anthony Ossa-Richardson

in A History of Ambiguity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780691167954
eISBN:
9780691188775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691167954.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores an older, mystical attitude to interpretation in the work of Johann Georg Hamann, whose writings, whatever their philosophical value, had a seismic impact on the Romantic ... More


The Creation of Character

Jane Steen

in Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654345
eISBN:
9780191745003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654345.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines the creation of character in Johnson's prose. In works such as the Life of Savage, Johnson describes the experience, and the responses to experience, which enable or prevent the ... More


The Prologue: Loukios Goes to Rome

Stefan Tilg

in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses: A Study in Roman Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780198706830
eISBN:
9780191778513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706830.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter deals with the prologue to the Metamorphoses, in which issues of translating and adapting are dealt with. The prologue acts as a link between the then well-known Greek model and the ... More


Johnson: Sanity and Syntax

Philip Davis

in Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654345
eISBN:
9780191745003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654345.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This is a chapter on balance, both rhetorical and mental, within Johnson's sentence-making. It argues against Hazlitt's criticism that Johnson's symmetrical style is too often merely mechanical. ... More


Reading Hooker: Rhetoric, Irony, and Wit

A. J. Joyce

in Richard Hooker and Anglican Moral Theology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199216161
eISBN:
9780191739248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216161.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter argues that an appreciation of Hooker's prose style, particularly his use of rhetoric and irony, is essential to the correct interpretation of his text. This is demonstrated with ... More


Spatial relations: the Love Medicine tetralogy and Tales of Burning Love

David Stirrup

in Louise Erdrich

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074264
eISBN:
9781781702581
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074264.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the unity and spatial relations found in the Love Medicine tetralogy and the Tales of Burning Love, identifying the metaphors used in the novels and explaining how the specific ... More


Radical Essayist

Kevin Gilmartin

in William Hazlitt: Political Essayist

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198709312
eISBN:
9780191785405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709312.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Hazlitt was more involved with the mainstream radical press than has often been acknowledged. Even the essay form, sometimes taken to distinguish his polite style from a more plebeian radical manner, ... More


Johnson's Freud

Adam Phillips

in Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654345
eISBN:
9780191745003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654345.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

‘Johnson's Freud’ is about whether it is useful to think of Johnson as in any sense a precursor of Freud. It investigates aspects of resistance, repression, and change as characteristic of Johnson's ... More


Bliss (1981)

Bruce Woodcock

in Peter Carey

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719043604
eISBN:
9781781700532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719043604.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter studies Carey's first published novel, Bliss, which capitalised on the success of his stories. This novel presents the scenario of hippies versus capitalists and is characteristically ... More


The Richmond Lecture

David Ellis

in Memoirs of a Leavisite: The Decline and Fall of Cambridge English

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846318894
eISBN:
9781846318023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846318894.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Leavis's attack on Snow's notion of ‘the two cultures’ in the Richmond Lecture made him very well known. In the correspondence which ensued, abuse was directed not only at him but his students who ... More


Style: Symbolic Flight from Living to Party Going

Nick Shepley

in Henry Green: Class, Style, and the Everyday

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198734758
eISBN:
9780191799303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198734758.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter pays microscopic attention to the craftsmanship of Green’s prose style, focusing on the fluid, indeterminate, and resolutely ambiguous nature of his symbolism. The chapter sets out how ... More


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