Or is the very luridness
of such scenes in the plays and perhaps in the critical writing as well a sign of the role they play in the process by which texts seek to posit their own ground and thus secure their claims to reference?
These luminary antecedents are apt-in other ways--all are practitioners of artistic luridness
and excess, lovers of spectacle; in that sense too, they were/are "populists." Oscar Wilde said that all art is a matter of exaggeration, and when Homer narrates the slow-mo shot of an arrow piercing through three bodies, we might complain about his sensationalism, but we don't avert our eyes.
While such a proleptic use of "morsels" by Tennyson is plausible, it is unlikely and, rather than answering Alexander's charge of luridness
, would seem to compound it.
I don't feel so much like it now that we are over but say about 2 hours ago I could have described this country or this part of it at least with a luridness
and depth of feeling that would have made a lumberjack turn green with envy.
He draws attention to the luridness
inherent in both the theatrical statement and the social world, which establishes a degree of overlap between stage and auditorium.
This explains why viewers, rather than being simply revolted by depictions of martyrdoms and crucifixions, are instead drawn to them--a truth that underscores the Counter-Reformation's belief that the church might strengthen people's faith by increasing the luridness
with which Christ's tormented flesh was represented.
Carnality, or luridness
is certainly not a quality limited to exploitation cinema.
(His 1950s paperback on the case was given a cover of maximum luridness
.) The latest writer to attempt to crack the Canning case is Judith Moore, Professor of English at the University of Alaska.
In America, the fundamental social culture (despite the popular mania for sex and violence in entertainment) is religious and puritanical, and yet the news media have an appetite for luridness
so insatiable that it often eclipses the coverage of more important news.
A good tale always has merit, but the potential for luridness
, for mawkishness, for absorbing readers' interest without informing them as citizens, is what has kept the old guard of journalist suspicious of narrative.