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Declan Lloyd

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Declan Lloyd

Lancaster University

County College



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Research overview

My thesis is currently entitled "Whence Did the Wondrous Mystic Art Arise": The Latency of Art in Literature by Gertrude Stein and Beyond. My research looks at the hidden presence of art in literature, which takes many forms, from inheriting the styles and methods of an artist, or the philosophy of a movement, or even how language can emulate the gestures of a paintbrush. I use four exemplar authors, who were all greatly influenced by art in their writing, which are Gertrude Stein, William Burroughs, J. G. Ballard and Douglas Coupland. I conclude that the hidden presence of art inevitably leads to the emergence of what Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong (and others since) call orality. This is a term used to distinguish cultures of a preliterate mentality, which reside in an entirely different order of consciousness. As literacy is challenged by the latent presence of art, the traits associated with the oral mentality are somehow heightened, made manifest, rising to the surface in all shapes and forms.