By Verdonk

ISBN-10: 0415058627

ISBN-13: 9780415058629

This textbook offers a thought-provoking advent to the perform of literary stylistics. it's in keeping with vast educating event, and makes new insights from linguistic and literary scholarship obtainable to scholars of their day-by-day perform of studying, analysing and comparing literary texts. The twelve chapters, written through specialists within the box, supply an organization origin for the advance of language and context-based literary feedback. The publication permits scholars to extend their artistic responsiveness to the interaction among textual content and context, and among language and social scenario.

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Society: ‘nation’, ‘culture’, ‘community’, ‘tribe’, ‘civilization’, ‘élite’ (as in the ‘society’ page of a magazine). COMMERCE Let us begin, for no particularly compelling reason, with section 2, ‘The Lowlands of Holland’. Notwithstanding its title, this section is immediately oriented more broadly, to ‘Europe’: perhaps Holland is representative of a wider European experience. Even before we try to make continuous sense of the section, we can see a lexical pattern around the idea of fullness. ] replete strewn Cities such ample monuments to lost nations and generations’.

Other examples of outrageous co-presence of a literal and an undercutting idiomatic interpretation include the observation, in 6:2, that the naked Saint Sebastian ‘catches his death’ from the arrows piercing his body, and that (6:4) his situation is ‘priceless’. A particular characteristic of these two-valued expressions, where a high serious sense is undercut – or made more poignant – by a low mocking one, is that the ironizing Babel-toppling effect is instant: no sooner is the idea of pricelessness invoked than it is undercut; no sooner is the magnificent Titanic launched than it is sunk.

There are other features which add to the foregrounding (for example, the semi-dead metaphor ‘beads of . . metal’, which may well become re-enlivened in this context, and the sound patterns associated with ‘arcs spark’, ‘molten metal’, and others. What we have here is a highly foregrounded verbal firework display, with lots of activity (four of the six words of line 11 are dynamic verbs) and a high density of words implying colour and light. We see, then, an extraordinary, highly active, and beautiful colour display from the flies.

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