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Language in Literature: Style and Foregrounding
 

Language in Literature: Style and Foregrounding (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Leech, Geoffrey

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Over a period of over forty years, Geoffrey Leech has made notable contributions to the field of literary stylistics, using the interplay between linguistic form and literary function as a key to the mystery' of how a text comes to be invested with artistic potential. In this boo...k, seven earlier papers and articles, read previously only by a restricted audience, have been brought together with four new chapters, the whole volume showing a continuity of approach across a period when all too often literary and linguistic studies have appeared to drift further apart. Leech sets the concept of foregrounding' (also known as defamiliarization) at the heart of the interplay between form and interpretation. Through practical and insightful examination of how poems, plays and prose works produce special meaning, he counteracts the flight from the text' that has characterized thinking about language and literature in the last thirty years, when the response of the reader, rather than the characteristics and meaning potential of the text itself, have been given undue prominence.The book provides an enlightening analysis of well-known (as well as less well-known) texts of great writers of the past, including Keats, Shelley, Samuel Johnson, Shaw, Dylan Thomas, and Virginia Woolf.
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ISBN 9780582051096
Released NZ 15 Aug 2008
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series Textual Explorations
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ISBN-13 9780582051096
Stock Available
Status In stock at supplier; delivery usually 20-30 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Imprint Routledge
Released 15 Aug 2008
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Leech, Geoffrey
Series Textual Explorations
Category Language & Linguistics
Literature: History & Criticism
Literary Theory
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 216mm
Height: 138mm
Spine: 14mm
Dewey Code 801.4
Weight 306g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress English language - Style, English literature - History and criticism - Theory, etc, English literature - Explication, Style, Literary, Theory, etc
NBS Text Linguistics
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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