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Grammars of Approach: Landscape, Narrative, and the Linguistic Picturesque

Cynthia Wall


This book explores how changes in eighteenth-century language and its expression on the page also reshaped the British landscape. The term “approach” shifted from verb to noun, creating a new perceptual experience that visually explains a wider set of changing formal patterns and fundamental principles. The printed page underwent sweeping typographical modernizations: common nouns lost their capitals; proper nouns, their italics. The new uniformity paradoxically allowed more visibility to the "lesser parts" of speech, no longer visibly dominated by nouns. Grammarians began to pay more attentio ... More

Keywords: architecture, approach, grammar, landscape, narrative, novels, picturesque, print history, syntax, typography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226467665
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226467979.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia Wall, author
University of Virginia