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Language, Text and Context

Essays in stylistics, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael Toolan


330 pages

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First published in 1992, this wide-ranging collection of essays focuses on the principle of contextualisation as it applies to the interpretation, description, theorising and reading of literary and non-literary texts. The collection aims to reveal the interdependencies between theory, analysis, text and context by challenging the myth that stylistics entails a fundamental separation of text from context, linguistic description from descriptive interpretation, or language from situation. The essays cover a historically diverse set of texts, from Puttenham to Colemanballs, and a number of language-sensitive topics such as post-modernism, irony, newspaper representations, gender and narrative.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures; Notes on contributors; Preface and acknowledgements; Part I Situated fashions of speaking and writing: from nonsense to common sense; 1 Making (non)sense of postmodernist poetry Brian McHale 2 Insider reading and linguistics form: contextual knowledge and the reading of linguistic discourse George Dillon 3 Grammaticalizing the medical case history Gill Francis and Anneliese Kramer Dahl 4 Reconstructing the interpretative conventions of Elizabethan readers Eugene R. Kintgen; Part II Strategic Styles; 5 Free indirect discourse in the eighteenth-century English novel: speakable or unspeakable? The example of Sir Charles Grandison Anne Waldron Naumann 6 Lexicogrammar and the reader: three examples from Dickens Norman Macleod; Part III Positioning styles: framing women in language; 7 Power and mutuality in Middlemarch Marie Paule Hastert and Jean Jacques Weber 8 Knowing your place: a Marxist feminist stylistic analysis Sara Mills 9 The linguistics of blame: representations of women in the The Sun’s reporting of crimes of sexual violence Kate Clark 10 Gender, genre and generative grammar: deconstructing the matrimonial column Rukmini Bhaya Nair; Part IV: Styles of incongruity: the pragmatics of oddness and daftness; 11 Pragmatic principles in Shaw’s You Never Can Tell Geoffrey Leach 12 The pragmatics of nonsense: towards a stylistics of Private Eye’s Colemanballs Paul Simpson; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

RLE: Discourse Analysis

Discourse analysis is a wide ranging area of study that examines the features of language beyond the limits of a sentence — including vocal, written and sign language, along with any significant semiotic events. It has been employed from a number of interdisciplinary perspectives in an attempt to reveal a person’s socio-psychological characteristics through the practical analysis of naturally-occurring language rather than artificially created examples.

Routledge Library Editions: Discourse Analysis brings together an extensive collection of scholarship that reflects the broad scope of the subject area, examining the relationship of discourse to a number of closely related fields including stylistics, pragmatics, speech, conversation, context, anaphora, grammar and psychology. This set, published between 1979 and 1993, provides a thorough grounding in this key discipline for students of linguistics and psychology, and social sciences in general.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics