The Cambridge Handbook of Stylistics

The Cambridge Handbook of Stylistics

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Stylistics has become the most common name for a discipline which at various times has been termed 'literary linguistics', 'rhetoric', 'poetics', 'literary philology' and 'close textual reading'. This Handbook is the definitive account of the field, drawing on linguistics and related subject areas such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, educational pedagogy, computational methods, literary criticism and critical theory. Placing stylistics in its intellectual and international context, each chapter includes a detailed illustrative example and case study of stylistic practice, with arguments and methods open to examination, replication and constructive critical discussion. As an accessible guide to the theory and practice of stylistics, it will equip the reader with a clear understanding of the ethos and principles of the discipline, as well as with the capacity and confidence to engage in stylistic analysis.
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  • Hardback | 690 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 37mm | 1,380g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 14 Tables, black and white; 53 Line drawings, unspecified
  • 1107028876
  • 9781107028876
  • 1,752,279

Table of contents

1. The handbook of stylistics: introduction Peter Stockwell and Sara Whiteley; Part I. The Discipline of Stylistics: 2. The theory and philosophy of stylistics Michael Toolan; 3. The stylistic tool-kit: methods and sub-disciplines Katie Wales; 4. Quantitative methods in literary linguistics Michael Stubbs; 5. Stylistics as rhetoric Craig Hamilton; 6. Stylistics as applied linguistics Ronald Carter; 7. Stylistics as literary criticism Geoff Hall; Part II. Literary Concepts and Stylistics: 8. Genre Beatrix Busse; 9. Intertextuality and allusion Patrick Colm Hogan; 10. Production and intentionality Violeta Sotirova; 11. Characterisation Dan McIntyre; 12. Voice Christiana Gregoriou; 13. Narration Jessica Mason; 14. Defamiliarisation Joanna Gavins; 15. Intensity and texture in imagery Barbara Dancygier; Part III. Techniques of Style: 16. Phonostylistics and the written text Manuel Jobert; 17. Grammatical configuration Michaela Mahlberg; 18. Semantic prosody Bill Louw and Marija Milojkovic; 19. Action and event Paul Simpson and Patricia Canning; 20. Pragmatics and inference Billy Clark; 21. Metaphor and style Gerard Steen; 22. Foregrounding, burying and plot construction Catherine Emmott and Marc Alexander; 23. Analysing dialogue Mick Short; 24. Atmosphere and tone Peter Stockwell; Part IV. The Contextual Experience of Style: 25. Iconicity Olga Fischer; 26. Ethics Sara Whiteley; 27. Fictionality and ontology Alison Gibbons; 28. Emotions, feelings, and stylistics David S. Miall; 29. Narrative structure Ruth Page; 30. Performance Tracy Cruickshank; 31. Interpretation Lesley Jeffries; 32. A portrait of historical stylistics Joe Bray; Part V. Extensions of Stylistics: 33. The analysis of the media Marina Lambrou and Alan Durant; 34. Advertising culture Rodney H. Jones; 35. Political style Jonathan Charteris-Black; 36. The stylistics of relationships Sara Mills; 37. Stylistics in translation Benedict Lin; 38. The stylistics of everyday talk David Peplow; 39. Coda: the practice of stylistics Peter Stockwell and Sara Whiteley.
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'Students and scholars of linguistics and literature, who are interested in the past, the present and the future of stylistics, will find this Handbook an invaluable resource. Offering informative, insightful and engaging discussions of a wide range of topics, this exciting new volume represents state-of-the-art research into the theory and practice of stylistics.' Dan Shen, Changjiang Professor of English, Peking University 'A much-needed, rigorous and integrative account of style. Comprehensively demonstrates the textual, critical and cultural analysis of creativity in language and literature.' Nikolas Coupland, Copenhagen University and University of Technology, Sydney
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About Peter Stockwell

Peter Stockwell is Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Nottingham and a Fellow of the English Association. Sara Whiteley is Lecturer in Language and Literature at the University of Sheffield, where she teaches a range of dedicated stylistics modules.
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