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It didn’t look like a bird

Michael Wood: The New Formalism, 26 August 2015

Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network 
by Caroline Levine.
Princeton, 173 pp., £19.95, January 2015, 978 0 691 16062 7
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... form was a frill; or that form called all the shots and content was a sort of humanist illusion. Caroline Levine’s provocative plea for formalism – ‘I propose here to track the forms of the content’, she says – opens with the story of just such a difference within the family. She would argue, she tells us, ‘that patterns of language came ...

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