Category Archives: parlous loftiness

MY GAY/QUEER AESTHETIC: A PHOTO/TEXT CONSTELLATION:PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY.PART 1: THE LIVING ROOM LIVES.BY STEVEN BENSON

Queer(reclaimed) = Camp Kitsch (merely) NAFF(“Normal as fuck”) Quirky/idiosyncratic Silly but nice Bright colours Re-appropriating stereotypes/”stereotypes” pomo self referential objets d’art:eg Vox Turnabout 70s LP cover art historical/antique (camp) homage to Susan Sontag, author of the “Notes on Camp” essay,before … Continue reading

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THE ELEPHANT.WRITING EXERCISE(MULTI-GENRE)WORDCOUNT.BY STEVEN BENSON. FOR LGBT CREATIVE WRITING GROUP, MERSEYSIDE

The poor elephant, LUMBERED with all the baggage of metaphorical, allegorical, symbolic resonances, as we negotiate its colossal labarynth of meanings and figurative extensions of meanings. He just wants to get on with his life but is encumbered with conceits … Continue reading

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“A SNATCH OF HALF-VANISHED MELODY”:EXLORATION OF SEBALD’S SELF-REVELATION AND HIS RECURRING THEMES IN”A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY”.PART 2 :”A COMET IN THE HEAVENS:A PIECE FOR AN ALMANAC IN HONOUR OF JOHANN PETER HEBEL”.BY STEVEN BENSON

Early in this first essay, Sebald writes:”…all this even today constitutes for me a system in which, as once in my childhood, I would still like to imagine that everything is arranged for the best”(pp.12/13): how moving, ,and how simple, … Continue reading

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“A SNATCH OF HALF-VANISHED MELODY”; THE CLOSEST GLIMPSE WE HAVE INTO SEBALD’S SOUL ;AND HIS PRE-OCCUPATIONS.RUMINATIONS ON “A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY”(TRANS. CAITLING, 2013).PART 1:TRIPP, AND INTRODUCTION TO MY EXTENDED ESSAY.BY STEVEN BENSON.

It is ironic that in a book of-ostensibly-critical essays(on five writers and¬†ONE ¬†painter, all very dear to Sebald), we are a afforded a closer look at Sebald’s OWN psychological/emotional/ spiritual make-up, I will argue, than in any of his prose … Continue reading

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SEBALD AND “PARLOUS LOFTINESS”:QUEER OR CAMP?BY STEVEN BENSON

Sebald said, of Thomas Browne’s style in “Urn Burial”:”his only means of achieving the sublime heights that this endeavour required was a parlous loftiness{sic}in his language…constructing labarynthine sentences that sometimes extend over one or two pages, sentences that resemble processions … Continue reading

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