Humane Readings

Essays on literary mediation and communication in honour of Roger D. Sell

Jason Finch | Åbo Akademi University
Martin Gill | Åbo Akademi University
Anthony Johnson | University of Oulu
Iris Lindahl-Raittila | Åbo Akademi University
Inna Lindgren | Åbo Akademi University
ORCID logoTuija Virtanen | Åbo Akademi University
ORCID logoBrita Wårvik | Åbo Akademi University
ISBN 9789027254344 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Since the 1980s, Roger D. Sell’s literary criticism has striven to take account of the (often conflicting) approaches available without compromising the human importance of the literary work: either in terms of its creation or its reception. Sell’s theory of literature draws strength from the interface between literary studies and linguistics and is grounded on the argument that literary making is a primary communicational act between human beings. Other critics have found Sell’s work inspirational.

This book both responds to Sell’s ideas and demonstrates the multifaceted potential of his work. Aware of his trajectory through Literary-Pragmatic, ‘Humanizing’ and ‘Mediating’ criticism, Humane Readings offers a series of original and focused studies which demonstrate the power, provenance and importance of Sell’s approach. Ranging in subject matter from the Early Modern Period to the present, a reconfiguration of literary criticism by contemporary readers and practitioners is urged here. Case studies are presented on a range of poetic, novelistic, dramatic and children’s works. Each illuminates different aspects of Sell’s critical thought.

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 190] 2009.  xi, 160 pp.
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Human Readings provides a useful introduction to Roger D. Sell’s oeuvre, with both critical and laudatory responses to his work. The volume is particularly to be praised for the tightness of its conception. Rather than attempting to offer an overview of all varieties of literary pragmatics and linguistic approaches to literature, in the form of its ten essays and an introduction, it proffers a considered and appreciative response to the work of the scholar it honours.”

Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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