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Fish, Stanley E. 1975. Speech-act theory, literary criticism, and 'Coriolanus'. Centrum 3 (2) : 107–111.
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F. argues that speech act theory is not a rhetoric, nor a psychology, that it does not yield a theory of narrative or style, and that it cannot distinguish between fiction and nonfiction. Yet it can be used to analyze 'Coriolanus', simply because that is essentially a play about speech acts (i.e. another description of speech acts).