LINGUIST List 31.3164

Fri Oct 16 2020

Books: Style and Emotion in Comic Novels and Short Stories: Marszalek

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Date: 08-Oct-2020
From: Lianna Iwanikiw <>
Subject: Style and Emotion in Comic Novels and Short Stories: Marszalek
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Title: Style and Emotion in Comic Novels and Short Stories
Published: 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Author: Agnes Marszalek
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350054608 Pages: 184 Price: U.K. £ 58.50 Comment: ePUB
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350054592 Pages: 184 Price: U.K. £ 58.50 Comment: PDF
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350054585 Pages: 184 Price: U.K. £ 65.00

This book builds on cognitive stylistics, humour studies and psychological approaches to literature and film to explore the emotional aspects of humorous narrative comprehension. It investigates how the linguistic features of comic novels and short stories (by, for example, Douglas Adams, Joseph Heller and Nick Hornby) can shape readers' experience of comedy, considering the ways in which moods, characters and the plot is used to trigger blends of positive and negative emotion. The book offers an approach to such features of comedy as dark humour, cringe humour and comic suspense, emphasising the relationship between humorous language and mental states which are typically considered serious.

Agnes Marszalek's focus on the non-humorous side of experiencing comedy offers a key contribution to the study of humorous narratives. By investigating humour as part of a narrative world, this book moves towards addressing the complexity of the experience of humour in narrative texts, providing implications not only for the linguistics of humour, but also for those approaches to discourse comprehension which explore the affective side of engaging with texts.

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Written In: English (eng)

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