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Literature About Language : Interface Series - Valerie Shepard

Literature About Language

Interface Series

Paperback Published: 2nd December 1993
ISBN: 9780415069977
Number Of Pages: 192

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In Literature About Language Valerie Shepherd brings together linguistic theory and literary criticism and examines languages as a theme in a range of literary texts. By looking at the work of writers such as Swift, Joyce and Sontag she discusses the power of story-telling and metaphor to shape our thinking and examines the communicative capacities of non-standard English and the strengths of women's writing in a male language world. By turning to the work of writers such as Hardy, Cummings, Lodge and Gordimer, however, she also demonstrates the ways in which language can be constrained by its users and by social and cultural pressures.
Written specifically for a student audience, Language About Literature presumes no prior knowledge of linguistic theory and each chapter concludes with a set of practical exercises.
An invaluable text for A-level and undergraduate students of language, literature and communication studies.

Series editor's introduction to the Interface series
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Literature about languagep. 1
The human capacity for languagep. 10
The Inheritors by William Golding
Linguistic creativity and limitationp. 33
'my sweet old etcetera' by e. e. cummings
Sound and meaningp. 46
'The upper birch-leaves' by Thomas Hardy
Making meaningp. 62
Susan Sontag's essay 'AIDS and its metaphors' and Eva Salzman's poem 'Time out'
The narrative art of languagep. 79
Poetry by Elizabeth Jennings and the short story 'Eveline' from James Joyce's Dubliners
Standard and Non-standard Englishp. 99
The Dorset poetry of William Barnes, with reference to Tennyson's Lincolnshire monologues and Tom Leonard's Glasgow poems
The language of women and menp. 117
'Nervous prostration' by Anna Wickham with particular reference to Jonathan Swift's 'The furniture of a woman's mind'
The power of discoursep. 133
David Lodge's novel Nice Work and poetry by Tom Leonard
The signalling of meaningp. 146
'Something for the time being' by Nadine Gordimer
Notesp. 166
Referencesp. 169
Indexp. 174
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ISBN: 9780415069977
ISBN-10: 0415069971
Series: Interface Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 2nd December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.46 x 13.84  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1