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Language and literary structure : the linguistic analysis of form in verse and narrative

Fabb, Nigel (2002) Language and literary structure : the linguistic analysis of form in verse and narrative. Cambridge University Press, UK. ISBN 9780521792943

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Abstract

How does a literary text get to have literary form, and what is the relation between literary form and linguistic form? This theoretical study of linguistic structure in literature focuses on verse and narrative from a linguistic perspective. Nigel Fabb provides a simple and realistic linguistic explanation of poetic form in English from 1500–1900, drawing on the English and American verse and oral narrative tradition, as well as contemporary criticism. In recent years literary theory has paid relatively little attention to form; this book argues that form is interesting. Fabb offers a new linguistic approach to how metre and rhythm work in poetry, based on pragmatic theory and provides a pragmatic explanation of formal ambiguity and indeterminacy and their aesthetic effects. He also uses linguistics to examine the experience of poetry. Language and Literary Structure will be welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics, literary theory and stylistics.

Item type: Book
ID code: 1012
Notes: 0521792940
Keywords: literary form, generated metrical form, communicated form, the communication of metre, lines, line-groups in metrical verse and in narrative, complexity, English, English literature
Subjects: Language and Literature > English
Language and Literature > English literature
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
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    Depositing user: Allison Crawford
    Date Deposited: 12 May 2006
    Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 10:36
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1012

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