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dc.contributor.authorWright, Laurence Stuart
dc.identifier.citationWright, L.S. 2016. Retentir: a poetics of the railway station. Scrutiny2, 21(3):37-56. []
dc.identifier.issn1753-5409 (Online)
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dc.description.abstractThis article explores a poetics of the railway station, focused mainly on South African examples, to show how the experience of railway travel can yield moments of enhanced being, sometimes captured in poems. Referencing philosophical insights from Henri Bergson and Gaston Bachelard, the piece suggests that railway stations deliver psycho-physical experiences hospitable to the compelling images poets occasionally develop from them. Of particular importance is the quality of Minkowskian retentir (reverberation), which nudges railway station images away from the older Romantic opposition between "going" and "being" towards the multiple, shimmering, trans-historical equivocations characteristic of modernity.
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.subjectrailway poetry
dc.subjectHenri Bergson
dc.subjectGaston Bachelard
dc.subjectWinston Churchill
dc.subjectEugen� Minkowski
dc.subjectEdward Thomas
dc.subjectChris Mann
dc.subjectWallace Stevens
dc.subjectPauline Melunsky
dc.subjectPhillip de Bruyn
dc.subjectZola Sikiti
dc.subjectEzra Pound
dc.subjectClaude Monet
dc.subjectPierre Auguste Renoir
dc.subjectJean Renoir
dc.titleRetentir: a poetics of the railway station
dc.contributor.researchID12275158 - Wright, Laurence Stuart

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