LINGUIST List 14.1680

Fri Jun 13 2003

Books: Ling & Literature: Lanham

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  1. rwilson, Analyzing Prose: Lanham

Message 1: Analyzing Prose: Lanham

Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 12:08:16 +0000
From: rwilson <>
Subject: Analyzing Prose: Lanham

Title: Analyzing Prose
Subtitle: Second Edition
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd		 
Author: Richard A. Lanham, UCLA 

Hardback: ISBN: 0826461891, Pages: 272, Price: �65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0826461905, Pages: 272, Price: �17.99

This book provides a basic descriptive terminology for prose
style. What is a noun style? A verb style? A hypotactic or a
paratactic one? How does the running style differ from the periodic
style ? What do "high, middle, and low" mean, applied to prose style?
How might one apply the classical terminology of rhetorical figures to
prose analysis? Analyzing Prose supplies detailed, carefully charted
answers to these questions. It teaches a student of prose style how
and where to begin. It thus offers an alternative to our usual
evaluative vocabulary-- "muscular, lithe, anemic, unfocused, clear,
vague" and the like--words that tell us a lot about how a prose style
makes us feel but not much about the style itself. But value
judgements do constitute a fundamental part of any prose analysis, a
necessary complement to descriptive analysis. We always have to ask
ourselves, "What difference does it make? How do we connect style and
behavior?" The last two chapters of the book address such questions.
We now inhabit an economy in which information constitutes the new
capital. Prose remains our workaday method for communicating and
preserving this new kind of central wealth. Understanding how it works
is more vital than ever. And now we must understand electronic text as
well as print, and the interface between them.

Lingfield(s): Ling & Literature
Subject Language(s): English (Language code: ENG)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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