Linguistic Criticism / Edition 2

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A development in literary studies has been the application of ideas drawn from linguistics. "Linguistic Criticism" introduces the reader to the benefits of applying precise analytical methods to the criticism of text, thereby enriching the experience of language in all its modes. Here Roger Fowler, one of the subject's most experienced practitioners, sets out clearly and simply a variety of analytical techniques which he demonstrates through the discussion of a wide range of texts drawn from fiction, poetry, and drama. He concentrates on structures which relate literature to ordinary language, stressing the importance of the reader's everyday language skills. This completely rewritten second edition includes clarified and expanded sections dealing with the role of the reader in literary criticism, and with social meanings of language, and includes more twentieth-century texts and examples for analysis and discussion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192892614
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Opus Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.69 (w) x 5.13 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Language and the Representation of Experience 21
3 Official and Habitual Language: The Case for Criticism 40
4 Linguistic Practice: Defamiliarization 54
5 How Texts are Made 72
6 Extra Structure, Extra Meanings 92
7 Text and Context 110
8 Some Aspects of Dialogue 130
9 Point of View 160
10 Register and the Plural Text 185
11 Meaning of World-View 210
12 The Role of the Reader 233
Index 257
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