Humane Readings

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

| Åbo Akademi University
| Åbo Akademi University
| University of Oulu
| Åbo Akademi University
| Åbo Akademi University
| Åbo Akademi University
| Åbo Akademi University
ISBN 9789027254344 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027289124 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00

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.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Tabula gratulatoria
Anthony Johnson
“This verse marks that” The Bible, editors, and Early Modern English texts
Helen Wilcox
Humanized intertexts: An iconospheric approach to Ben Jonson’s comedy, The Case is Altered (1598)
Anthony Johnson
Appearance and reality in Jane Austen’s Persuasion
Tony Lurcock
Green flowers and golden eyes: Balzac, Decadence and Wilde’s Salome
Sven-Johan Spånberg
“When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean” Power and (mis)communication in literature for young readers
Maria Nikolajeva
Place and communicative personae: How Forster has changed Stevenage since the 1940s
Jason Finch
Tony Harrison and the rhetorics of reality: A re-evaluation of v
Tony Bex
Truthful (hi)stories in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost
Lydia Kokkola
Pragmatic Penelope or timeless tales for the times
Gunilla Florby
Three fallacies in interpreting literature
Bo Pettersson
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.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009026217 | Marc record