LINGUIST List 30.4222

Thu Nov 07 2019

Books: A Humanizing Literary Pragmatics: Sell

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Date: 01-Nov-2019
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: A Humanizing Literary Pragmatics: Sell
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Title: A Humanizing Literary Pragmatics
Subtitle: Theory, criticism, education. Selected papers 1985-2002
Series Title: FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures 10
Published: 2019
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/fillm.10

Author: Roger D. Sell
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027262028 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027262028 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027262028 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204233 Pages: 396 Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204233 Pages: 396 Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204233 Pages: 396 Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

In much of his earlier work Roger D. Sell was shaping literary studies, historical perspectives, and pragmatics into a fluent interdisciplinarity. This enabled him to explore the fundamentally human relationships which develop between literary writers and those who respond to them.

Literary writers, through their handling of deixis, evaluative and modal expressions, tellability, politeness norms, and genre expectations, activate the same interpersonal function of language as do other language users, and respondents’ hermeneutic contextualizations of literary texts are no less standard as a pragmatic procedure. Not that context is completely determinative. In Sell’s account, human beings are profoundly influenced by society, but can sometimes enter into co-adaptations with it. Like other people, literary writers and their respondents are “social individuals”, who themselves benefit from respecting each other’s relative autonomy.

As well as explaining these theoretical positions, the papers selected here offered critical re-assessments of some major writers, including Chaucer and Dickens. They also suggested new ways of dealing with literary texts in literary and language education at all levels.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Ling & Literature
                            Pragmatics

Written In: English (eng)

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