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Title: Humane Readings
Subtitle: Essays on literary mediation and communication in honour of Roger D. Sell
Edited By: Jason Finch
Martin Gill
Anthony Johnson
Iris Lindahl-Raittila
Inna Lindgren
Tuija Virtanen
Brita Wårvik
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 190

Since the 1980s, Roger D. Sell’s literary criticism has striven to take
account of the (often conflicting) approaches available without
compromising the human importance of the literary work: either in terms of
its creation or its reception. Sell’s theory of literature draws strength
from the interface between literary studies and linguistics and is grounded
on the argument that literary making is a primary communicational act
between human beings. Other critics have found Sell’s work inspirational.
This book both responds to Sell’s ideas and demonstrates the multifaceted
potential of his work. Aware of his trajectory through Literary-Pragmatic,
‘Humanizing’ and ‘Mediating’ criticism, Humane Readings offers a
series of original and focused studies which demonstrate the power,
provenance and importance of Sell’s approach. Ranging in subject matter
from the Early Modern Period to the present, a reconfiguration of literary
criticism by contemporary readers and practitioners is urged here. Case
studies are presented on a range of poetic, novelistic, dramatic and
children’s works. Each illuminates different aspects of Sell’s critical

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289124
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027254344
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U.S. $ 149.00