Regimes of language and light in J. S. Le Fanu's 'Green Tea'

Dowd, Garin ORCID: (2018) Regimes of language and light in J. S. Le Fanu's 'Green Tea'. Textual Practice, 33 (7). pp. 1155-1178. ISSN 0950-236X

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While positioning and contextualising the short story 'Green Tea' by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-73) in relation to existing Le Fanu scholarship, this article seeks to explore further the textual reflexivity for which it is renowned. Drawing on Foucault’s notion of regimes in the audio and the visual, in particular, through an attention to the interrelationship of the scopic, auditory and textual regimes of ‘Green Tea’, and to the manner in which writing is explicitly figured as both the source of disjunction and the site of interpenetration of the regimes, it is suggested, in conclusion, that a specific understanding of allegory (in a semantic register drawing on work by Walter Benjamin and Paul de Man) can provide a fresh perspective on ‘Green Tea’ as an archive of the regimes of language and light of its time.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/0950236X.2018.1426037
Additional Information: © 2017 Taylor & Francis. This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Textual Practice, available online at:
Keywords: Allegory, Le Fanu, de Man, scopic regime, allegoresis
Subjects: Literature
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Depositing User: Garin Dowd
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 12:48
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:51


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