1st Edition

The Languages of Literature
Some Linguistic Contributions to Criticism

ISBN 9781138685635
Published January 11, 2018 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

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

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