The Stylistics of Landscapes, the Landscapes of Stylistics

| University of Genoa
| University of Cagliari
| University of Genoa
ISBN 9789027200020 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027264602 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
John Douthwaite, Daniela Francesca Virdis and Elisabetta Zurru
Chapter 2. The role of analogy in Charles Dickens’ Pictures from Italy
Katie Wales
Chapter 3. Listing and impressionism in Charles Dickens’s description of Genoa in Pictures from Italy
Mick Short
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
Chapter 5. The blind tour: Spatial abstraction in experimental fiction
Lars Bernaerts
Chapter 6. “How Others See …” Landscape and identity in a translated poem by Radnóti
Judit Zerkowitz
Chapter 7. The poems of Edward Thomas: A case study in ecostylistics
Andrew Goatly
Chapter 8. Landscape as a dominant hero in “Bezhin Meadow” by I. S. Turgenev
Maria M. Langleben
Chapter 9. A social landscape: Form and style in an Edith Wharton short story
John Douthwaite
Chapter 10. The agency of The Hungry Tide : An ecostylistic analysis
Elisabetta Zurru
Name index
Subject index
“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.”
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Lugea, Jane
2018. The year’s work in stylistics 2017. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 27:4  pp. 329 ff. Crossref logo
Virdis, Daniela Francesca
2019. Sexualised landscapes and gentry masculinity in Victorian scenery: An ecostylistic examination of a pornographic novel from the magazine The Pearl . Journal of Literary Semantics 48:2  pp. 109 ff. Crossref logo
Virdis, Daniela Francesca, Elisabetta Zurru & Ernestine Lahey
2021.  In Language in Place [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 37], Crossref logo
Virdis, Daniela Francesca, Elisabetta Zurru & Ernestine Lahey
2021.  In Language in Place [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 37],  pp. 2 ff. Crossref logo
Zurru, Elisabetta
2021.  In Language in Place [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 37], Crossref logo
Zurru, Elisabetta
2021.  In Language in Place [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 37],  pp. 210 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSA – Literary theory
BISAC Subject: LIT025000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017041501 | Marc record