LINGUIST List 31.66

Mon Jan 06 2020

Books: Stylistic Manipulation of the Reader in Contemporary Fiction: Sorlin (ed.)

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Date: 25-Nov-2019
From: Lianna Iwanikiw <lianna.iwanikiwbloomsbury.com>
Subject: Stylistic Manipulation of the Reader in Contemporary Fiction: Sorlin (ed.)
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Title: Stylistic Manipulation of the Reader in Contemporary Fiction
Series Title: Advances in Stylistics
Published: 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
                http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/

Book URL: https://www.bloomsbury.com/stylistic-manipulation-of-the-reader-in-contemporary-fiction-9781350062962/

Editor: Sandrine Sorlin
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350062986 Pages: 264 Price: U.K. £ 102.60 Comment: ePUB
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350062979 Pages: 264 Price: U.K. £ 102.60 Comment: ePDF
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350062962 Pages: 264 Price: U.K. £ 95.00
Abstract:

This book focuses on how readers can be 'manipulated' during their experience of reading fictional texts and how they are incited to perceive, process and interpret certain textual patterns. Offering fine-grained stylistic analysis of diverse genres, including crime fiction, short stories, poetry and novels, the book deciphers various linguistic, pragmatic and multimodal techniques. These are skillfully used by authors to achieve specific effects through a subtle manipulation of deixis, metalepsis, dialogue, metaphors, endings, inferences or rhetorical, narratorial and typographical control.

Exploring contemporary texts such as "The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Remains of the Day" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin", chapters delve into how readers are pragmatically positioned or cognitively (mis)directed as the author guides their attention and influences their judgment. They also show how readers' responses can, conversely, bring about a certain form of manipulation as readers challenge the positions the texts invite them to occupy.

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

Written In: English (eng)

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