Stylistics: A Resource Book for Students / Edition 1

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Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the Routledge English Language Introductions series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings – all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible 'two-dimensional'structure is built around four sections – introductions, development, exploration and extension – which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained. Stylistics:

* is a comprehensive introduction to literary stylistics
* covers the core areas, including register, dialect, vocabulary, grammar, sound and rhythm, speech and thought, narrative, dialogue, metaphor and meaning
* draws on a range of literary texts, from Ernest Hemingway and D.H. Lawrence to Sylvia Plath, Roger McGough and Irvine Welsh
* provides classic readings by the key names in the discipline, including Derek Attridge, Ronald Carter and Walter Nash, Roger Fowler and Mick Short.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415281058
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/15/2004
  • Series: Routledge English Language Introductions Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

A Introduction : key concepts in stylistics 1
1 What is stylistics? 2
2 Stylistics and levels of language 5
3 Grammar and style 9
4 Rhythm and metre 14
5 Narrative stylistics 18
6 Style as choice 22
7 Style and point of view 26
8 Representing speech and thought 30
9 Dialogue and discourse 34
10 Cognitive stylistics 38
11 Metaphor and metonymy 41
12 Stylistics and verbal humour 45
B Development : doing stylistics 49
1 Developments in stylistics 50
2 Levels of language at work : an example from poetry 53
3 Sentence styles : development and illustration 59
4 Interpreting patterns of sound 66
5 Developments in structural narratology 70
6 Style and transitivity 74
7 Approaches to point of view 77
8 Techniques of speech and thought presentation 80
9 Dialogue in drama 85
10 Developments in cognitive stylistics 89
11 Styles of metaphor 92
C Exploration : investigating style 97
1 Is there a "literary language"? 98
2 Style, register and dialect 102
3 Grammar and genre: a short study in Imagism 108
4 Styles in a single poem : an exploration 112
5 A sociolinguistic model of narrative 114
6 Transitivity, characterisation and literary genre 119
7 Exploring point of view in narrative fiction 123
8 A workshop on speech and thought presentation 130
9 Exploring dialogue 136
10 Cognitive stylistics at work 139
11 Exploring metaphors in different kinds of texts 142
12 Extension : readings in stylistics 147
How to use these readings 148
1 Language and literature 148
2 Style and verbal play 158
3 Teaching grammar and style 161
4 Sound, style and onomatopoeia 168
5 Style variation in narrative 176
6 Transitivity at work 185
7 Point of view 195
8 Speech and thought presentation 195
9 Literature as discourse : the literary speech situation 196
10 Cognitive stylistics : the poetry of Emily Dickinson 201
11 Cognitive stylistics and the theory of metaphor 211
12 Style and verbal humour 217
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