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

Michael D. Hurley and Marcus Waithe


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 cap ... More

Keywords: style, stylist, language, thought, think, thinker, essay, moralist, rhythm, nineteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198737827
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198737827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael D. Hurley, editor
University Lecturer and Fellow in English, St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge

Marcus Waithe, editor
University Senior Lecturer, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

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