1st Edition

Language, Literature and Critical Practice Ways of Analysing Text

By David Birch Copyright 1989
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Using a wide-ranging variety of texts the author reviews and evaluates a broad range of approaches to textual commentary, introducing the reader to the fundamental distinction between `actual' and `virtual' worlds in critical practice.

    Chapter 1 How texts mean; Chapter 2 Language, literature and scientific fictions; Chapter 3 Reading literary texts; Chapter 4 Reading texts closely; Chapter 5 The linguistics of text;


    David Birch is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Central Queensland, Australia. Previously he taught at Murdoch University in Western Australia, and at the National University of Singapore, having completed his doctorate at the University of York, England.

    `Paves the way for a politically more aware and more responsible stylistics, and as such makes essential reading for anybody interested in the practice of literary criticism, and more particularly, in the role of ideology at the interface of language and literature.' - Journal of Literary Semantics

    `Accessible style and presentation ... extensive bibliography.' - Poetics Today