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date: 22 January 2019

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This chapter investigates Newman’s literary style as it changed over time, paying special attention to the ways in which his Catholic writings depart from the Tractarian reserve and tendency towards abstraction that often govern his earlier prose. Much of the scholarship regarding Newman’s literary style, both in poetry and in prose, has tended to emphasize the influence of the Tractarian doctrine of reserve and the parallel exercise of authorial control through such devices as omission and reticence. This chapter argues that such characterizations are most pertinent to his earlier works, whereas a significant turn towards the anthropological, manifested in a growing openness to the physical and social dimensions of earthly life, may be discerned in Newman’s later prose.

Keywords: literary style, rhetorical style, Tractarian, reserve, analogy, literary theory

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