Talking with texts: Hazlitt's ephemeral style

Tristram Wolff*

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Abstract

This article considers how the essayistic style of William Hazlitt's printed texts produces, in its form, a critique of what it considers conservatism in speech and its uncritical reception. Situating Hazlitt in a longer history of thought that considers language a form of practical activity, I argue that the conversational character of Hazlitt's writing is calculated not to resemble speech, but rather to take aim at speech's false spontaneity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-67
Number of pages24
JournalRepresentations
Volume137
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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