Title: Narrative Progression in the Short Story
Subtitle: A corpus stylistic approach
Series Title: Linguistic Approaches to Literature 6
Publisher: John Benjamins
Author: Michael Toolan
Paperback: ISBN: 9789027233431 Pages: 212 Price: Europe EURO 33.00
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One of our most valuable capacities is our ability partly to predict what will come next in a text. But linguistic understanding of this remains very limited, especially in genres such as the short story where there is a staging of the clash between predictability and unpredictability. This book proposes that a matrix of narrativity-furthering textual features is crucial to the reader's forming of expectations about how a literary story will continue to its close. Toolan uses corpus linguistic software and methods, and stylistic and narratological theory, in the course of delineating the matrix of eight parameters that he sees as crucial to creating narrative progression and expectation. The book will be of interest to stylisticians, narratologists, corpus linguists, and short story scholars.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements ix-x List of figures and tables xi Chapter 1. Introduction: Narrative prospecting 1-13 Chapter 2. Collocation and corpus stylistics 15-30 Chapter 3. Lexical patternings in short stories 31-51 Chapter 4. Top keyword sentences as story waymarking 53-76 Chapter 5. Keywords and the language of guidance in "The Love of a Good Woman" 77-95 Chapter 6. Repetition and para-repetition in story structure 97-112 Chapter 7. Prospection and expectation: Core signalling 113-133 Chapter 8. Prospection and expectation: Embedded signalling 135-164 Chapter 9. The textual tracking of suspense and surprise. 165-188 Chapter 10. Next steps 189-200 References 201-208 Name index 209 Topic index 211-212
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