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Fictions at Work

Language and Social Practice in Fiction, 1st Edition

By Mary M. Talbot

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224 pages

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Description

In this book, Mary Talbot shows how fiction works in the constitution and reproduction of social life. She discusses both `high' and `low' fiction, combining discussion of social context with language analysis. Examples are taken from children's tales, romance, horror and science in her language analysis.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Part I: Fiction as social practice

1. What is Fiction?

2. Discourses, readers, genres

3. Intertextuality and text population

Part II: Fiction and social reproduction

4. Escaping into romance

5. Confronting horror

Part III: Fiction and social change

6. Fiction and empowerment

7. Feminist science fiction

Notes

Bibliography

Index

About the Series

Language In Social Life

Language in Social Life is a major new series which highlights the importance of language to an understanding of issues of social and professional concern. It will be of practical relevance to all those wanting to understand how the ways we communicate both influence and are influenced by the structures and forces of contemporary social institutions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LIT006000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory