The Stylistics of Landscapes, the Landscapes of Stylistics
John Douthwaite | University of Genoa
Daniela Francesca Virdis | University of Cagliari
Elisabetta Zurru | University of Genoa
In treating the topic of the landscapes of stylistics, this book provides a series of chapters which deal not only with physical landscapes but also with social, mental, historical portraits of places, people and society. The chapters demonstrate that all texts project a worldview, even when the content appears to be only a physical description of the external world. The implication is that texts attempt to produce specific effects on the reader determined by the author’s worldview. Contents and effects, (namely mental and emotional states, behaviours), are thus inseparable. Identifying those effects and how they are produced is an eminently cognitive operation. The chapters analyse a variety of linguistic devices and cognitive mechanisms employed in producing the text and accounting for the effects achieved. Though the majority of the chapters have a cognitive basis, a wide range of methodologies are employed, including ecostylistics, offering cutting-edge theoretical approaches teamed up with close reading. A further crucial feature of this collection is the selection of non-canonical texts, ranging from lesser-known texts in English to significant works in languages other than English, all of which are characterised by important social themes, thus emphasising the importance of critical appreciation as a means of self-empowerment.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 28] 2017. vii, 238 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | pp. vii–viii
Chapter 1. IntroductionJohn Douthwaite, Daniela Francesca Virdis and Elisabetta Zurru | pp. 1–20
Chapter 2. The role of analogy in Charles Dickens’ Pictures from ItalyKatie Wales | pp. 21–30
Chapter 3. Listing and impressionism in Charles Dickens’s description of Genoa in Pictures from ItalyMick Short | pp. 31–44
Chapter 4. Immersed in imagined landscapes: Contextual frames and metalepsis in representing virtual travel in Elspeth Davie’s “A map of the world”Catherine Emmott | pp. 45–60
Chapter 5. The blind tour: Spatial abstraction in experimental fictionLars Bernaerts | pp. 61–80
Chapter 6. “How Others See …”: Landscape and identity in a translated poem by RadnótiJudit Zerkowitz | pp. 81–94
Chapter 7. The poems of Edward Thomas: A case study in ecostylisticsAndrew Goatly | pp. 95–122
Chapter 8. Landscape as a dominant hero in “Bezhin Meadow” by I. S. TurgenevMaria Langleben | pp. 123–152
Chapter 9. A social landscape: Form and style in an Edith Wharton short storyJohn Douthwaite | pp. 153–190
Chapter 10. The agency of The Hungry Tide : An ecostylistic analysisElisabetta Zurru | pp. 191–232
Name index | pp. 233–234
Subject index | pp. 235–238
“Landscapes in literary works can be the object of study, and the word landscape can also refer to the many ways of studying them. This wonderful collection of essays demonstrates the multi-faceted nature of human experience with all kinds of landscapes, ranging from the physical environment to the most elusive human sensibilities and emotions. The book also demonstrates the wide variety of approaches that can be taken to making sense of those experiences. Running through and unifying the methodologies is the close analysis of literary texts, coupled with the application of conceptual tools from disciplines, such as pragmatics and cognitive science, essential to making sense of the enormous complexity of meaning in literature. The volume also convinces us that the best stylistic analysis can only be socially responsible, and not just an academic exercise performed by scholars in an ivory tower.”
Zoltan Kovecses, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
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