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Casting Off

Nicholas Royle

in Veering

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780748636549
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636549.003.0001
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This book is a twisted love story. It is also a theory of literature. Mostly it is about the love of one word: ‘veering’. It examines ‘veering’ as a sort of pivot for thinking about literature and its relation to the world. The figure and concept of veering are linked to the emergence of literary turn. The theory of veering is concerned to interrogate and displace all thinking of an environment in straightforwardly anthropocentric terms: if an environment environs, it does not merely environ the human. ‘Veering’ also involves contemplating all sorts of turns, funny and otherwise. It is hoped that the analysis of the concept and figure of veering will open up new ways of thinking about literature and literary genres (the novel, poetry, drama, creative writing), as well as about critical and autobiographical discourse.

Keywords: veering; literary turn; environs; literature; novel; poetry; drama; creative writing

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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