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Language and Verbal Art Revisited: Linguistic Approaches to the Study of Literature

Language and Verbal Art Revisited: Linguistic Approaches to the Study of Literature

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  • ISBN-13: 9781845539092
  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing
  • Release Date: Jun 17, 2010
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.0 x 0.75 inches

Overview

This volume, meant for both specialists and non-specialists, will appeal to both the growing number of scholars working in, and students needing to investigate, the field of literary linguistics, or stylistics. Inspired by Ruqaiya Hasan's conviction that, "[] in verbal art the role of language is central. Here language is not as clothing to the body; it IS the body (1985/1989: 91)," the papers are on a wide variety of aspects of the language-literature connection, and approach it from diverse perspectives and methodological frameworks, including Systemic Functional Linguistics, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, ethnolinguistics, cultural and translation studies. A wide range of literary genres and world literatures are analyzed, including Shakespeare's plays; modern Austrian authors writing in German (e.g., Thomas Bernhard); Perrault's Histoires et contes du temps passe and their translations by Angela Carter; the Spanish poets of the Generacion del '50; Malaysian-Singaporean poets in English; Anglo-American Modernist poets (Frost, Stevens, Pound and Lawrence) and novelists (Woolf and Conrad); a short story by Marina Warner and Turkish-German narrative by Feridun Zamolu; The Gospel of St. John and Harry Potter. Separate introductions to each of the contributions seek to guide above all the non-specialist reader by describing and comparing the frameworks that the volume comprises. A general introduction diachronically traces key moments in the development of the study of the language of literature seen as socio-cultural practice.

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