Language in Place

Stylistic perspectives on landscape, place and environment

Daniela Francesca Virdis | University of Cagliari
Elisabetta Zurru | University of Genoa
Ernestine Lahey | University College Roosevelt
ISBN 9789027208415 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027260161 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The contributions in this collection offer a wide range of stylistic perspectives on landscape, place and environment, by focusing on a variety of text-types ranging from poetry, the Bible, fictional and non-fictional prose, to newspaper articles, condo names, online texts and exhibitions. Employing both established and cutting-edge methodologies from, among others, corpus linguistics, metaphor studies, Text World Theory and ecostylistics, the eleven chapters in the volume provide an overview of how landscape, place and environment are encoded and can be investigated in literary and non-literary discourse. The studies collected here stand as evidence of the possibility of, and the need for, a “stylistics of landscape”, which emphasises how represented spaces are made manifest linguistically; a “stylistics of place”, which focuses on the discursive and affective qualities of those represented spaces; and a “stylistics of environment”, which reiterates the urgency for environmentally-responsible humanities, able to support a change in the anthropocentric narrative which poses humans as the most important variable in the human-animal and human-environment relationships.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 37]  2021.  vii, 258 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“[...] this book is a joy to read, with its many interesting case studies on place, landscape and environment. The approach the case studies have in common, an ecostylistic analysis, gives a valuable contribution to sociolinguistics. The theoretical concepts, data and sources used in most of the cases studies are perhaps non-typical (or less central, at least) to sociolinguistics, such as literary

criticism, conceptual metaphors, poetry and poetics, text world theory, reader-response, but exactly that makes this volume worthwhile.”
“The volume as a whole certainly raises interesting questions about the linguistic work that goes into describing places, whether in literary texts, commercial presentations, media framings, political discourses, or common conversations.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSA – Literary theory
BISAC Subject: LIT006000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020054983 | Marc record