Ecologies of Style 2

The second meeting of the Ecologies of Style reading group will continue discussion of Jeff Dolven’s Senses of Style.

Friday I4, Corpus Christi, 1.30 – 3.00. Group is open to doctoral students, post-docs and research colleagues.

Contact: Drew Milne,



“I should likewise have been glad, if you had applied yourself a little more to the study of the English language, than I fear you have done; the neglect whereof is one of the most general defects among the scholars of this kingdom, who seem not to have the least conception of a style, but run on in a flat kind of phraseology, often mingled with barbarous terms and expressions, peculiar to the nation: Neither do I perceive that any person, either finds or acknowledges his wants upon this head, or in the least desires to have them supplied. Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style. But this would require too ample a disquisition to be now dwelt on…” Jonathan Swift, Letter to a Young Clergyman (1720)


Reading List in Progress: (this outline reading list will be updated and checked from time to time, and is here only in draft form.)

Ackerman, James S. “A Theory of Style.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 20 ( 1962): 227-37.

Altieri, Charles. ‘Style as the Man: From Aesthetics to Speculative Philosophy’. In Analytic Aesthetics, ed. Richard Shustermann, pp. 59-84. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989.

Altieri, Charles. ‘Style’, Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature, ed. Richard Eldridge, pp. 420-1. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Aquilano, Mario. The Event of Style in Literature. New York: Palgrave, 2014.

Banfield, Ann. “Narrative Style and the Grammar of Direct and Indirect Speech.” Foundations of Language 10 ( 1973): 1-39.

Barthes, Roland. Le Degré zéro de l’ecriture. Paris: Editions Gonthier, 1953.

Beardsley, Monroe. “Style and Good Style.” In Reflections on High School English, edited by G. Tate. Tulsa: University of Tulsa Press, 1966. Reprinted in Contemporary Essays on Style, edited by Glen A. Love and Michael Payne. Glenview, Ill.: Scott, Foresman and Co., 1969.

Chatman, Seymour. “The Semantics of Style.” In Introduction to Structuralism, edited by Michael Lane. New York: Basic Books, 1970.
___. “On the Theory of Literary Style.” Linguistics 27 ( 1966): 13-25.

Chatman, Seymour. ed. Literary Style: A symposium. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971

Eagleton, Terry. “Fredric Jameson: The Politics of Style.” Diacritics, vol. 12, no. 3, 1982, pp. 14–22.

Freeman, Donald C., ed. Linguistics and Literary Style. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.

Gibson, Walker. Tough, Sweet and Stuffy: An Essay on Modern American Prose Styles. Bloomington: Indiana Univeristy Press, 1966.

Gombrich, E. H. A, “Style.” International Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, edited by David L. Sills. New York: 1968. 15: 352-61.

Goodman, Nelson, “The Status of Style.” Critical Inquiry 1 ( 1975): 799-811.

Hartley, Dan. The Politics of Style: Towards a Marxist Poetics (2017)

Hendricks, W. O. Grammars of Style and Styles of Grammar. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1976.

Hough, Graham. Style and Stylistics. London: Routledge and K. Paul, 1969.

Hurley, Michael D. and Marcus Waithe, eds., Thinking Through Style: Non-Fiction Prose of the Long Nineteenth Century (2018)

Kilbride, L.M., Swinburne’s Style: An Experiment in Verse History (2018)

Kohlmann, Benjamin. Committed Styles: Modernism, Politics, and Left-Wing Literature in the 1930s (2014)

Kroeber, A. L. Style and Civilizations. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963.

Kubler, George. “Style and the Representation of Historical Time.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 138 ( 1967): 849-55.
___. “Period, Style and Meaning in Ancient American Art.” New Literary History 1 ( 1970): 127-44.

Lang, Berel. “Style as Instrument, Style as Person.” Critical Inquiry 4 ( 1978): 715-38.

Ohmann, Richard. “Generative Grammars and the Concept of Literary Style.” In Contemporary Essays on Style, edited by Glen A. Love and Michael Payne. Glenview, Ill.: Scott, Foresman and Co., 1969.

Ricks, Christopher, Milton’s Grand Style. Oxford. 1978.

Rosen, Charles. The Classical Style. New York: Viking, 1971.

Said, Edward. On Late Style (2006)

Ullman, Stephen. Style in the French Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1957.

Wimsatt, W. K., The Prose Style of Samuel Johnson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1941.

Wollheim, Richard. “Style Now.” In Concerning Contemporary Art: The Power Lectures 1968-73, edited by Bernard Smith. London: Oxford University Press, 1975.
—–. “Aesthetics, Anthropology, and Style.” In Art, Artisans and Societies, edited by Michael Greenhalgh and Vincent Megaw. London: Duckworth, 1978.