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Stylistics: A Resource Book for Students by Paul Simpson
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Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the Routledge English Language Introductions series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings -- all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible 'two-dimensional' structure is built around four sections -- introductions, development, exploration and extension -- which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained. Stylistics: * is a comprehensive introduction to literary stylistics * covers the core areas, including register, dialect, vocabulary, grammar, sound and rhythm, speech and thought, narrative, dialogue, metaphor and meaning * draws on a range of literary texts, from Ernest Hemingway and D.H. Lawrence to Sylvia Plath, Roger McGough and Irvine Welsh * provides classic readings by the key names in the discipline, including Derek Attridge, Ronald Carter and Walter Nash, Roger Fowler and Mick Short. The accompanying webiste to this book can be found at

Table of Contents

A Introduction Key Concepts in Stylistics 1. What is stylistics? 2.Stylistics and levels of language 3.Grammar and Style 4. Rhythm and metre 5.Narrative stylistics 6. Style as choice 7.Style and point of view 8.Representing speech and thought 9. Dialogue and discourse 10. Cognitive stylistics 11. Metaphor and metonymy 12. Stylistics and verbal humour B Development Doing Stylistics 1.Developments in stylistics 2.Levels of language at work: an example from poetry 3.Sentence styles: development and illustration 4.Interpreting patterns of sound 5. Developments in structural narratology 6. Style and transitivity 7.Approaches to point of view 8. Techniques of speech and thought presentation 9. Dialogue in drama 10. Developments in cognitive stylistics 11. Styles of metaphor C Exploration: investigating style 1. Is there a 'literary language'? 2.Style, register and dialect 3.Grammar and genre: a short study in Imagism 4. Styles in a single poem: an exploration 5. A sociolinguistic model of narrative 6. Transitivity, characterisation and literary genre 7. Exploring point of view in narrative fiction 8. A workshop on speech and thought presentation 9. Exploring dialogue 10. Cognitive Stylistics at work 11.Exploring metaphors in different kinds of texts D Extension: readings in stylistics 1. Language and literature 2. Style and verbal play 3. Teaching grammar and style 4. Sound, style and onomatopoeia 5. Style variation in narrative 6. Transitivity at work: a feminist-stylistic application 7.Point of view 8. Speech and thought presentation 9. Literature as discourse: the literary speech situation 10. Cognitive stylistics: the poetry of Emily Dickinson 11.Cognitive stylistics and the theory of metaphor 12. Style and verbal humour
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May 20th, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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