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Veering: A Theory of Literature

Nicholas Royle


Contrary to a widespread sense that literature has become increasingly irrelevant to our culture and everyday life, this book traces a strangely compelling ‘literary turn’. Starting with an ‘Advertisement’ (which literally, of course, means a ‘turning towards’) like an 18th-century novel, it explores images of swerving, loss of control, digressing and deviating to form this new theory of literature. The book's study ranges from Montaigne to Stephen King, from the ‘dance of atoms’ in Lucretius to the ‘human veer’ in Don DeLillo. It investigates ‘veering’ in the writings of Jonson, Milton, Dryde ... More

Keywords: literary turn, swerving, loss of control, digressing, deviating, dance of atoms, human veer, veering, literature, Advertisement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748636549
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Royle, author