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English Literary Stylistics

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This refreshingly straightforward and accessible textbook introduces students who might not have a lignuistic background, to the study of literary texts. Taking a genre-based approach, Gregoriou provides students with the analytical skills and theoretical approaches they need to interpret the language of literature.
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Overview

This refreshingly straightforward and accessible textbook introduces students who might not have a lignuistic background, to the study of literary texts. Taking a genre-based approach, Gregoriou provides students with the analytical skills and theoretical approaches they need to interpret the language of literature.
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CHRISTIANA GREGORIOU is Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Leeds, UK. She teaches on the language and literature interface, in stylistics and cognitive poetics, and is the author of Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction.

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Table of Contents

Series editors' preface ix

Acknowledgements x

Introduction: An overview of literary stylistics 1

What is 'style'? 1

Why should we do stylistics? 3

1 Naming poetic parts 8

1.1 Analysing poetry 8

1.2 Rhythm and metre 8

1.3 Poetic sound effects 17

1.4 Relating poetic form to poetic meaning 19

1.5 Chapter review 23

2 Poetic figures, foregrounding and metaphor 24

2.1 Figure and ground 24

2.2 Linguistic foregrounding 26

2.2.1 Deviation 28

2.2.2 Parallelism 36

2.3 Metaphor 38

2.4 Chapter review 42

3 Stylistics of poetry practice 43

4 Narrators, viewpoint, speech and thought 63

4.1 Narratives: some introductory terminology 63

4.2 Types of narration 64

4.3 Point of view 67

4.4 Mind style 72

4.5 Speech and thought presentation 73

4.6 Chapter review 78

5 Narrative worlds, schemata and frames 79

5.1 Possible worlds and text world theory 79

5.2 Schema theory 86

5.3 Telling stories 89

5.3.1 Labov's oral narratives model 89

5.3.2 Propp's morphology of the folktale 91

5.4 Emmott's frame theory 94

5.5 Chapter review 97

6 Stylistics of prose practice 98

7 Structure and characterisation in drama 129

7.1 Analysing drama's discourse levels 129

7.2 The form of dramatic conversation 130

7.3 Text, production and performance 137

7.4 Characterisation 139

7.5 Chapter review 141

8 The pragmatics of drama 143

8.1 What is pragmatics? 143

8.2 Speech acts 143

8.3 Grice's maxims 146

8.4 Politeness theory 153

8.5 Chapter review 161

9 Stylistics of drama practice 163

Concluding remarks 183

Afterthought 183

Ideas for further stylistic practice 184

Notes 187

Bibliography 191

Index 198

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