The Sense of Form in Literature and Language


Eleven essays on literature (poetry and prose fiction), versification, and language, including analyses of Shakespeare's Sonnets and Dostoevsky's novels.
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Eleven essays on literature (poetry and prose fiction), versification, and language, including analyses of Shakespeare's Sonnets and Dostoevsky's novels.
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Demonstrates how form in language helps determine the meaning of texts by describing verse and prose as structures, the components of which are primarily linguistic, and by seeing the form of those components as part of the content. Continues Shapiro's (Slavic languages, Brown U.) general line of research contributing to the cognitive study of representative texts and examples from Russian, English, Romance, Japanese, and ancient Greek literature. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449515737
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/23/2009
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 1,500,565
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Shapiro is Professor of Slavic Languages at Brown University and has taught at the University of California and Princeton University. He is the author or editor of more than ten books including, The Sense of Grammar and The Sense of Change.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Prose
1 Dostoevsky's Modes of Signifying 7
2 Interpreting Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita 23
3 Fragments of Meaning in Sologub's The Petty Demon 43
Pt. II Poetry
4 Sound and Meaning in Shakespeare's Sonnets 65
5 Dialogism and Poetic Discourse 97
6 Pushkin's Poetic Mentors 117
7 The Meaning of Meter 143
Pt. III Language
8 Wimp English 159
9 Boundaries 167
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