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The Taming of the Text

Explorations in Language, Literature and Culture, 1st Edition

Edited by Willie Van Peer


338 pages

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The contributors of this text, first published in 1988, provide a dynamic view of the social functioning of texts, taking account of linguistic, literary and cultural elements. They bring together innovative perspectives on literary analysis and theory, on pragmatics and discourse analysis, as well as on text linguistics and reception theory. Various text types are examined, and the editor introduces each chapter in order to draw them all together to make a fascinating and cohesive whole.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part 1: Type and Theory; 1. Conventions of Representation: Where Discourse and Ideology Meet Mary Louise Pratt 2. A Pragmatic Approach to Ballad Dialogue Dick Leith 3. Speech Presentation, the Novel and the Press Michael Short 4. Newspaper Style and Nazi Propaganda: The ‘Weekly Mirror’, in the German Newspaper in the Netherlands Christoph Sauer 5. Romeo and Juliet: The Language of Tragedy Kiernan Ryan; Part 2: Models and Methods; 6. Styles as Parameters in Text Strategy Nils Erik Enkvist 7. Intercultural Writing: A Pragmatic Analysis of Style Ludger Hoffman 8. Back to the Future: Bakhtin, Stylistics and Discourse Kathleen Wales 9. Heteroglossia in the Poetry of Bertolt Brecht and Tony Harrison Helga Geyer-Ryan; Part 3: Form and Interpretation; 10. Discourse and Drama: King Lear’s ‘Question’ to His Daughters William Downes 11. Poetic Discourse: A Sample Example John Sinclair 12. What is a Poem? James Thorne 13. The Reader’s Need for Conventions: When is a Mushroom Not a Mushroom? Irene R. Fairley 14. What Happens in ‘Whatever Happened?’? Grahame Trengove; Name Index; Subject Index

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