Critical Theory and Practice: A Coursebook by Keith Green PDF

By Keith Green

ISBN-10: 0415114381

ISBN-13: 9780415114387

Critical Teory and Practice solutions plenty of questions, but in addition stimulates new ones. Its tailored mix of survey, reader and workbook is perfect for the start - even perhaps bewildered - pupil of literary theory.
The paintings is split into seven chapters, each one of which includes guiding remark, examples from literary and demanding works, and various workouts to impress and interact you. every one bankruptcy features a word list and annotated number of instructed additional examining. there's additionally an entire bibliography.
The authors conceal the major concerns and debates of literary idea, including:
* Language, Linguistics and Literature
* buildings of Literature
* Literature and History
* Subjectivity, Psychoanalysis and Criticism
* studying, Writing and Reception
* ladies, Literature and Criticism
* Literature, feedback and Cultural Identity
Critical conception and Practice is an refreshingly transparent, updated and eminently readable advent to the topic. It not just courses you thru the terminology and provides you a range of the foremost passages to learn, it additionally is helping you interact with the idea and observe it in perform.

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Our point is rather to see what implications there may be for linguistic stylistics and literary stylistics given a focus on gender issues. The term ‘gender issues’ is itself rather worn and inadequate. Recent studies such as Jennifer Coates’ (1986) and Deborah Cameron’s (1992) have focused on the differences between men’s and women’s 32 GENDER speech. These hark back to earlier studies by Lakoff (1975), and Otto Jespersen in 1922 (Jespersen was extremely disparaging about women’s language). Although feminist criticism has been enormously influential in literary studies, there are areas of linguistics which remain untouched by the feminist challenge, as Deborah Cameron (1992) comments: If we confine ourselves to examining the impact of feminism on the institutionalised discipline of linguistics, we will find relatively little to report: the mainstream, what people refer to as ‘core’ linguistics, that is, phonology and syntax, has changed very little .

Similarly, a short, lyric poem, such as a sonnet, would be constrained in terms of appropriate phrasing and lexis. Grammatical constructions may also vary. A legal document, such as an insurance policy, for instance, requires a precision of style (or long-windedness, depending on your point of view) that has come to be associated with certain kinds of phrasing: Such insurance as is provided by this policy applies to the use of a non-owned vehicle by the named insured and any person responsible for the use by the named insured provided such use is with the permission of the owner.

For example the letters ‘c’ and ‘h’ in the word ‘character’ form the same speech sound as the letter ‘c’ in the word car: /k/. Phonology is the study of how speech sounds contribute to meaning. There are twentysix letters in the English alphabet, but forty-five phonemes in the English phonetic alphabet (although this is a rather arbitrary figure, and not fixed in the way the alphabet is). Phonologically, there is nothing remarkable about the above sentence, or at least nothing to comment about in terms of stylistic effects.

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