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Tue Dec 18 2012

Books: Corpus Stylistics in Principles and Practice: Ho

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Subject: Corpus Stylistics in Principles and Practice: Ho
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Title: Corpus Stylistics in Principles and PracticeSubtitle: A Stylistic Exploration of John Fowles’ The MagusSeries Title: Advances in Stylistics

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)

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Author: Yufang Ho

Paperback: ISBN: 9781441181305 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 27.99


In this book, Yufang Ho compares the text style difference between the twoversions of John Fowles' The Magus, exemplifying the methodological principlesand analytic practices of the corpus stylistic approach.The Magus was firstpublished in 1966 and was revised and republished by Fowles in 1977. Fowles'own comment on the second edition was that it was ' rather more than astylistic revision.' The book explores how the revised version islinguistically different from the original, especially in terms of point ofview (re) representation. The corpus stylistic approach adopted combinesqualitative and quantitative comparison to confirm the overall text styledifference. The analysis demonstrates that computer assisted methods canidentify significant linguistic features which literary critics have notnoticed and provide a more detailed descriptive basis for literaryinterpretation of (either edition) of the novel. This analysis of The Magusserves as a case study and exemplar of how corpus techniques may be usedgenerally in the study of linguistics.

‘This fascinating and well-researched corpus-based account of the relationshipbetween the two editions of The Magus by John Fowles demonstrates theusefulness of corpus approaches to Stylistics, especially when insightfullycombined with careful qualitative analysis. A "must read" for the seriousstylistician.' - Mick Short, Professor of English Language and Literature,Lancaster University, UK

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature Stylistics Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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