Fictions of Language and the Languages of Fiction

Fludernik provides a detailed analysis of free indirect discourse as it relates to narrative theory and the cucial problematic of how speech and thought are represented in fiction. She opens up a new set of questions in narrative theory.

Author: Monika Fludernik

Publisher:

ISBN: 0203459318

Category: Discourse analysis, Literary

Page: 548

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Fludernik provides a detailed analysis of free indirect discourse as it relates to narrative theory and the cucial problematic of how speech and thought are represented in fiction. She opens up a new set of questions in narrative theory.

The Language of Fiction

This is that the use of a quotation from a real person or from another fiction is a means of importing common - ground presuppositions from that real person and their historical context or from that fictional world . To use the language ...

Author: Emar Maier

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192585356

Category: Philosophy

Page: 400

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This volume brings together new research on fiction from the fields of philosophy and linguistics. Fiction has long been a topic of interest in philosophy, but recent years have also seen a surge in work on fictional discourse at the intersection between linguistics and philosophy of language. In particular, there has been a growing interest in examining long-standing issues concerning fiction from a perspective that is informed both by philosophy and linguistic theory. Following a detailed introduction by the editors, The Language of Fiction contains 14 chapters by leading scholars in linguistics and philosophy, organized into three parts. Part I, 'Truth, Reference, and Imagination', offers new, interdisciplinary perspectives on some of the central themes from the philosophy of fiction: What is fictional truth? How do fictional names refer? What kind of speech act is involved in telling a fictional story? What is the relation between fiction and imagination? Part II, 'Storytelling', deals with themes originating from the study of narrative: How do we infer a coherent story from a sequence of event descriptions? And how do we interpret the words of impersonal or unreliable narrators? Part III, 'Perspective Shift', focuses on an alleged key characteristic of fictional narratives, namely how we get access to the fictional characters' inner lives, through a variety of literary techniques for representing what they say, think, or see. The volume will be of interest to scholars from graduate level upwards in the fields of discourse analysis, semantics and pragmatics, philosophy of language, psychology, cognitive science, and literary studies.

The Language of Fiction

This book sets out to ask some questions of the language of fiction. It doesn't by any means either seek to give all the answers or cover the whole field of fiction writing. Certainly there already exist books which, in part, ...

Author: Keith Sanger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000153231

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 132

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What makes literature? How does it work? How do we read it? This work explores these questions and varying literary styles and authorship. It deals with openings, point of view, speech, gender and pop fiction. The book includes a wide-range of literary extracts, from the classics of Hardy and Austen, to the contemporary work of Raymond Carver, Angela Carter, Nick Hornby and Irvine Welsh.

The Language of Fiction

creates a fictional likeness of the real world, in which the behaviour and utterances of people arouse the kind of ... whereas the language ofprose fiction approximates more to casual speech, andarouses the interests ofordinary life.

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136751387

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

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Language of Fiction was the first book of criticism by the renowned novelist and critic David Lodge. His uniquely informed perspective - he was already the author of three successful novels at the time of its first publication in 1966 - and lucid exposition meant that the work proved a landmark of literary criticism, not least because it succeeded in communicating a radically new vision of English literature to a readership that reached well beyond the bounds of the academy. Now reissued with a new foreword, this major work from the pen of one of England's finest living writers is essential reading for all those who care about the creation and appreciation of literature.

The Language of Fiction

work consists of original language, and what percentage consists of formulaic phrases. ... we'd have to assume that most modern romance novels are composed orally (with “heaving bosom” and “trembling lips” as their kennings).

Author: Brian Shawver

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9781611683301

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

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In the world of prose, writing fiction has its own sets of rules, norms, and worries. In addition to developing plot and characters, a fiction writer must also make decisions about such things as what tense best suits a narrative, how to punctuate and attribute dialogue, and whether to phonetically construct speech dialects. Informal and engaging in tone, The Language of Fiction guides professional writers and students alike through the fiction-writing process. While many books that deal with fiction writing explore content-based issues such as characterization, setting, and plot, this unique new stylebook by author and writing instructor Brian Shawver focuses exclusively on language and how it is used in fiction. Beginning with stylistic decisions relating to tenses, dialogue, and thought, Shawver moves on to fundamentals of language, such as the proper use of the past-perfect tense and objective and subjective pronouns, questions of proper diction, and modifying participial phrases. He then explores the many nuances of punctuation as used in fiction. He provides a final section on common errors in fiction writing and how to avoid them. The Language of Fiction is a vital addition to every writer's reference bookshelf and an essential tool in any fiction classroom or workshop.

The Language of Fiction in a World of Pain

Clingman , The Novels of Nadine Gordimer , p . ... See " The Seventies and After : The Inner View in White , English - language Fiction , " Olive Schreiner and After : Essays on South African Literature in Honour of Guy Butler , eds .

Author: Barbara J. Eckstein

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812213211

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

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This book offers new and provocative readings of Milan Kundera's Book of Laughter and Forgetting, J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians and Life and Times of Michael K, selected short fiction of Nadine Gordimer and Grace Paley, Ibuse Masuji's Black Rain, John Hawkes's Travesty, and others.

The Fictions of Language and the Languages of Fiction

... registers on the one hand and in relation to the nonobjective (subjective) style(s) pertaining to the fictional characters on the other. In premidnineteenthcentury literary periods, plain language had no such (positive) connotation, ...

Author: Monika Fludernik

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134872862

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 556

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Monika Fludernik presents a detailed analysis of free indirect discourse as it relates to narrative theory, and the crucial problematic of how speech and thought are represented in fiction. Building on the insights of Ann Banfield's Unspeakable Sentences, Fludernik radically extends Banfield's model to accommodate evidence from conversational narrative, non-fictional prose and literary works from Chaucer to the present. Fludernik's model subsumes earlier insights into the forms and functions of quotation and aligns them with discourse strategies observable in the oral language. Drawing on a vast range of literature, she provides an invaluable resource for researchers in the field and introduces English readers to extensive work on the subject in German as well as comparing the free indirect discourse features of German, French and English. This study effectively repositions the whole area between literature and linguistics, opening up a new set of questions in narrative theory.

Re Visions of History in Language and Fiction

Moreover, these white characters immediately upon arrival encounter indigenous population of “early humans” (BSG 4.20) whom they decide to educate and teach the language, which the Africans allegedly lack (Ryman 2010, 51).

Author: Dorota Guttfeld

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443846806

Category: History

Page: 395

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In imagining history, one must inevitably rely on its textual representations, whether fictitious or supposedly “objective”, yet always subject to the constraints and conventions of textuality. Still, it is precisely by exploiting and consciously relying on the textual in the presentation of the past that contemporary authors, including politicians and makers of history, strive to provide it with current significance, emotional impact and universal meaning. The study of such attempts benefits from a variety of perspectives, encompassing not only classical, but also popular texts and media. An interdisciplinary collection of papers devoted to the issues of retelling, rewriting, and representation of the past in fiction and various text-types, this volume juxtaposes modern and post-modern understanding of collective versus personal history. The contributors are scholars specializing in literary studies (e.g. postcolonialism and popular fiction), linguistics (e.g. critical discourse analysis) and cultural studies (e.g. media studies), bringing a wide spectrum of theoretical insights into the field. The collection opens with papers on the general changes in viewing history that have occurred since the 19th century. Further papers discuss postcolonial, feminist and gender-related perspectives on history reflected in postmodern fiction, revealing the power struggle around the depiction of the past. The next part of the volume is devoted to the presentation of historical breakthroughs in political and media discourse. Finally, the collection draws attention to some unorthodox visions of history involving alternative worlds and fantastic elements encountered in the genre of speculative fiction.

Exploring Children s Literature

This book is based on the belief that deep subject knowledge of language and literature provides a foundation for effective teaching and learning.

Author: Nikki Gamble

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761940464

Category: Education

Page: 194

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This book is based on the belief that deep subject knowledge of language and literature provides a foundation for effective teaching and learning.

The Language of Suspense in Crime Fiction

To analyze identity and distinguish an evolving I from the experiencing self, the texts selected are true narratives in contrast to the fictional offender narratives selected in the last 3 chapters. This is because the extracts for ...

Author: Reshmi Dutta-Flanders

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137470287

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 500

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This book introduces readers to linguistic stylistic analysis and combines both literary and linguistic analysis to explore suspense in crime fiction. Employing critical linguistics, discourse analysis and functional grammar, it demonstrates that suspense in plot-based stories is created through non-linear, causative presentation of the narrative. The author investigates how plot sequence is manipulated to ensure the reader cannot resolve the order of events until the end of the tale. From two-dimensional circumstantial detection in mystery stories to three-dimensional re-evaluation of offender orientation, she uses a linguistic-based stylistic framework to analyse offender motive. She also employs a 'discourse-based' frame analysis to examine the plot structure of crime stories for micro context and set-up scenarios, demonstrating that it is the unravelling of these devices that creates the suspense in murder mysteries and thrillers alike. Finally, she shows how grammaticization of the offending-self reveals an embedded diegetic space in the offender engagement discourse, provoking an intellectual and affective response and reshaping our overall outlook of the crime in the story. This book will appeal to researchers and students from literary and non-literary backgrounds looking for theoretical and practical advice on the linguistic stylistic approach to reading texts.

The Art of Fiction

Essays gathered from the Washington Post and the London Independent examine the art and artistry of some of the best writers working in the English language, covering such issues as suspense, symbolism, epistolary novels, intrusive authors, ...

Author: David Lodge

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: UCSC:32106016976182

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Essays gathered from the Washington Post and the London Independent examine the art and artistry of some of the best writers working in the English language, covering such issues as suspense, symbolism, epistolary novels, intrusive authors, and more.

The Language of Ethics and Community in Graham Greene s Fiction

In the three novels, the main character has foreign origins, and the fact that he has established himself in that particular country is said to be the product of chance rather than any other motivation. In The Comedians, Brown wonders: ...

Author: Paula Martín Salvan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137540119

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 171

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A study of Graham Greene's fiction from the perspective of ethics and community, focusing on the narrative pattern that emerges from the author's idiosyncratic use of keywords like peace, despair, compassion or commitment. This book explores their potential for the textual articulation of narrative conflict and the dramatization of the ethical.

Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth century Fiction

... languages , and customs ' are shown to produce ' a corresponding fusion of creeds , an universal fermentation of human thought and faith2.94 Yet his own , non - fictional position on science would seem to reject any withdrawal into ...

Author: Megan Perigoe Stitt

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198184425

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

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This book examines three major nineteenth-century writers - Walter Scott, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Charles Kingsley - in the context of the models of progress emerging from contemporary studies in geology and language. The deployment of varieties of speech in their novels throws light on how different genres - fictional and scientific - affected the century's use of metaphor and its often contradictory theories of progress.

Language Gender and Children s Fiction

Although Otto Jespersen tried to do just this: see the chapter 'The Woman' in his (1922) Language: Its Nature, Development and Stylistics extends beyond fiction, for example, to the language of advertising and newspapers.

Author: Jane Sunderland

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826446138

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 259

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Looks at gender in relation to children's fiction And The role that language plays in this relationship.

Language and Ideology in Children s Fiction

The author considers areas of ideology not previously examined and offers new perspectives on realism and fantasy. The book will be of interest to linguists and teachers as well as to the general reader.

Author: John Stephens

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015029245167

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 308

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When children read fiction they are exposed to the beliefs which inform and structure their society. The books encourage child readers to internalise particular ways of seeing the world and help shape their development as individuals. Although this process forms a key part of their education, it remains largely invisible. As well as a story, fictions impart a significance to readers - often without revealing its presence or ground - and therefore have considerable potential to socialize their audience. John Stephens analyses this process and shows how fictions can work to constrain or liberate audience responses. He explores picture books as well as historical, realistic and fantastic fictions to show how both a character within the narrative and the implied reader are positioned within ideology. The author considers areas of ideology not previously examined and offers new perspectives on realism and fantasy. The book will be of interest to linguists and teachers as well as to the general reader.

English Fiction and the Evolution of Language 1850 1914

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 George Levine, The Realistic Imagination: English Fiction from Frankenstein to Lady Chatterly (University of Chicago Press, 1981), p. 6. Norman Page, Speech in the English Novel, 2nd edn (London: ...

Author: Will Abberley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107101166

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 247

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Explores how Victorian fiction and science imagined the evolution of language, from primordial noise to modern English.