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The Taming of the Text : Explorations in Language, Literature and Culture

01 Jan 1989-The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (Routledge)-Vol. 47, Iss: 2, pp 202
TL;DR: The authors explored the ways in which language constitutes textual functions, ranging from mediation to manipulation, from questioning to commanding, and from narrative to Bakhtin's theory of literary communication, and provided a view of the social functioning of texts, taking account of linguistic, literary and cultural elements.
Abstract: This study attempts to explore the ways in which language constitutes textual functions, ranging from mediation to manipulation, from questioning to commanding, and from narrative to Bakhtin's theory of literary communication The contributors provide a view of the social functioning of texts, taking account of linguistic, literary and cultural elements They bring together new perspectives on literary analysis and theory, on pragmatics and discourse analysis, as well as on text linguistics and reception theory Various types of text are examined - descriptions, travel accounts, dialogues, press columns, recipes, poetry and drama - including work by Brecht, Camus, Defoe, Frost, Harrison, Larkin, Plath and Shakespeare
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TL;DR: The authors surveys the history of English studies and education in Japan, paying special attention to the role of literary texts and stylistics, including both English as a foreign language and Japanese as a native language.
Abstract: This article surveys the history of English studies and education in Japan, paying special attention to the role of literary texts and stylistics. Firstly, the role of literature and stylistics in Japan is discussed from a pedagogical point of view, including both English as a foreign language and Japanese as a native language. Secondly, the way in which stylistics has contributed to literary criticism in the country is examined, with reference to the history of literary stylistics since 1980. Finally, this article considers further applications of stylistics to language study in Japan, offering two examples: analysis of thought presentation in Yukio Mishima’s Megami (2006[1955]), and the teaching of an English poem and a Japanese haiku to Japanese EFL students. The overall aim of this article is to demonstrate that literature as language teaching material and stylistics as a critical and teaching method are significant not only in understanding English, but also in appreciating our own native language if...

10 citations


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  • ...Stylistics became a main subject in English departments and the books on this subject, such as Carter (1991 [1982]), van Peer (1988), and Carter and Simpson (1989), were chosen as course books in graduate schools....

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25 Jan 2018
TL;DR: Schalkwyk as discussed by the authors explored the historical contexts, theory and philosophy of love in Shakespeare's work and argued that love is a form of action and disposition, to be expressed and negotiated linguistically.
Abstract: What is the nature of romantic love and erotic desire in Shakespeare's work? In this erudite and yet accessible study, David Schalkwyk addresses this question by exploring the historical contexts, theory and philosophy of love. Close readings of Shakespeare's plays and poems are delivered through the lens of historical texts from Plato to Montaigne, and modern writers including Jacques Lacan, Jean-Luc Marion, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Alain Badiou and Stanley Cavell. Through these studies, it is argued that Shakespeare has no single or overarching concept of love, and that in Shakespeare's work, love is not an emotion. Rather, it is a form of action and disposition, to be expressed and negotiated linguistically.

9 citations

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06 Aug 2002
TL;DR: The authors report on a corpus-based exploration of the role that fictional dialogue plays in characterisation, focusing on the two main characters of Austen's Sense and Sensibility and the extent to which certain features of their dialogue can be said to tie in with general perceptions that Elinor represents the sense and Marianne the sensibility of the novel's title.
Abstract: This article reports on a corpus-based exploration of the role that fictional dialogue plays in characterisation. The focus is on the two main characters of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and (a) the extent to which certain features of their dialogue can be said to tie in with general perceptions that Elinor represents the “sense” and Marianne the “sensibility” of the novel’s title; and (b) the extent to which Austen can be said to have exploited these features to enable the sisters to speak with subtly differing voices. The features themselves were drawn from two linguistic frameworks, namely cohesion in text linguistics (specifically, the category of conjunctive cohesion as originated by Halliday and Hasan (1976)), and the category of “involvement” in register analysis (most prominently, Biber 1988). The density of these features in each dialogue was calculated, compared statistically and salient differences considered in relation to the focal issues of the study. Although two of the five hypotheses formulated were not supported, the results overall provided strong indications that Austen successfully distinguishes between the sisters through their dialogue, and often in ways that link with less subtle, more explicit cues to their character that are given in the text. The study thus reveals how certain text-linguistic and register features can underpin characterisation in fiction, and in so doing explicates aspects of what it is that readers and literary critics respond to when they comment on characterisation in a novel.

9 citations


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  • ...…the importance of characters in literature, various writers have commented on the scarcity of work that theorises character (e.g. Chatman, 1972; Van Peer, 1989), though Culpeper (2001:1) notes that there have at least been two recent high profile journal issues devoted specifically to…...

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  • ...Despite the importance of characters in literature, various writers have commented on the scarcity of work that theorises character (e.g. Chatman, 1972; Van Peer, 1989), though Culpeper (2001:1) notes that there have at least been two recent high profile journal issues devoted specifically to characterisation (Poetics Today, 1986 and Style, 1990)....

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TL;DR: In this paper, a corpus-based exploration of the role that fictional dialogues plays in characterisation is presented, focusing on the two main characters of Austen's Sense and Sensibility and the extent to which certain features of their dialogue can be said to tie in with general perceptions that Elinor represents the sense and Marianne the sensibility of the novel's title.
Abstract: Conversation, characterisation and corpus linguistics : dialogue in JaneAusten's Sense and Sensibility This article reports on a corpus-based exploration of the role that fictionaldialogue plays in characterisation. The focus is on the two main charactersof Austen's Sense and Sensibility and (a) the extent to which certainfeatures of their dialogue can be said to tie in with general perceptions thatElinor represents the "sense" and Marianne the "sensibility" of the novel'stitle; and (b) the extent to which Austen can be said to have exploited thesefeatures to enable the sisters to speak with subtly differing voices. Thefeatures themselves were drawn from two linguistic frameworks, namelycohesion in text linguistics (specifically, the category of conjunctivecohesion as originated by Halliday and Hasan (1976)), and the category of"involvement" in register analysis (most prominently, Biber 1988). Thedensity of these features in each dialogue was calculated, comparedstatistically and salient differences considered in relation to the focal issuesof the study. Although two of the five hypotheses formulated were not supported,the results overall provided strong indications that Austen successfullydistinguishes between the sisters through their dialogue, and often inways that link with less subtle, more explicit cues to their character that aregiven in the text. The study thus reveals how certain text-linguistic andregister features can underpin characterisation in fiction, and in so doingexplicates aspects of what it is that readers and literary critics respond towhen they comment on characterisation in a novel.

8 citations

22 Jan 2018
TL;DR: In this article, a poststructuralist interpretation of silence and pause in the play Waiting for Godot has been proposed, with the aim of demystifying the hostile complicity between literature and philosophy.
Abstract: The writing of Samuel Beckett is associated with meaning in the meaninglessness and the production of what he calls ‘literature of unword’. The casual escape from the world of words in the form of silences and pauses, in his play Waiting for Godot, urges to ask question of their existence and ultimately leads to investigate the theory behind their use in the play. This paper proposes that these absences (silence and pause) in Beckett’s play force to think ‘beyond’ language. This paper asks how silence and pause in Beckett’s text speak for the emergence of poststructuralist text. It aims to identify the significant features of the philosophy of deconstruction in the play of Beckett to demystify the hostile complicity between literature and philosophy. With the interpretive paradigm of poststructuralism this research focuses on the text as a research data. It attempts to delineate the relationship between poststructuralist theoretical concerns and text of Beckett. Keeping in view the theoretical concerns of Poststructuralist theorist Jacques Derrida, the main concern of the discussion is directed towards the notion of ‘beyond’ language into the absences that are aimed at silencing the existing discourse with the ‘radical irony’ of this anti-formal art that contains its own denial and thus represents the idea of ceaseless questioning and radical contradiction in art and any text. This article asks how text of Beckett vibrates with loud silence and has disrupted language to demonstrate the emptiness of words and thus exploring the limitless void of absences. Beckett’s text resonates with silence and pause that is neither negation nor affirmation rather a poststructuralist’s suspension of reality that is ever changing with the undecidablity of all meanings. Within the theoretical notion of Derrida’s Différance this study interprets silence and pause in Beckett’s art. The silence and pause behave like Derrida’s Différance and have questioned their own existence in the text to deconstruct any definiteness and finality of reality to extend an undecidable threshold of poststructuralists that aims to evade the ‘labyrinth of language’. Keywords—Différance, language, pause, poststructuralism, silence, text.

6 citations


Cites background from "The Taming of the Text : Exploratio..."

  • ...meaning” of the text to interpret the individual parts in relation to its whole and at the same time it requires pertinently to focus text as a “supra textual phenomena” [18]....

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  • ...The critical and theoretical standpoints offer a distinct position to carry on the operation of interpretation as “the issue of theory can no longer be avoided” [18]....

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  • ...Thus literary texts are “complex cultural phenomena, the understanding of which require a long process of experience, producing knowledge about their structure and meaning as well as intuitive concepts and general expectations as to what such texts are and mean” [18]....

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