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The Languages of Literature

Some Linguistic Contributions to Criticism, 1st Edition

By Roger Fowler


256 pages

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In The Language of Literature, first published in 1971, Roger Fowler argues that the vitality and centrality of the verbal dimension of literature, and, read as a whole, the papers in this collection imply a consistent point of view on language in literature. The author focuses on the continuity of language in literature with language outside literature, on its cultural appropriateness and adjustment, and on its power to create aesthetic patterns and to organise concepts, to make fictions. This title will be of interest to students of literary theory.

Table of Contents

Preface; Sources and Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction 2. Linguistics, Stylistics; Criticism? 3. Literature and Linguistics 4. Literature and Linguistics: Reply by F. W. Bateson 5. Language and Literature 6. Language and Literature: Reply by F. W. Bateson 7. The Structure of Criticism and the Languages of Poetry 8. Criticism and the Language of Literature: Some Traditions and Trends in Great Britain 9. Structural Metrics 10. What is Metrical Analysis? 11. ‘The Rhythm of Beowulf’ – a Review 12. Three Blank Verse Textures 13. Some Stylistic Features of the ‘Sermo Lupi’ 14. Linguistics and Analysis of Poetry 15. On the Interpretation of ‘Nonsense Strings’; Further Reading; Index of Names

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

This set reissues 27 books on literary theory originally published between 1965 and 1992. Top academics in the field examine different aspects of literary theory, including structuralism, post-structuralism, stylistics and semiotics, and approach these theories in a variety of ways. This set will be of particular interest to students of literature and literary theory.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory