LINGUIST List 32.74

Wed Jan 06 2021

Books: Style in Narrative: Hogan

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Date: 22-Dec-2020
From: Oxford University Press <>
Subject: Style in Narrative: Hogan
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Title: Style in Narrative
Subtitle: Aspects of an Affective-Cognitive Stylistics
Series Title: Cognition and Poetics
Published: 2020
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Patrick Colm Hogan
Hardback: ISBN: 9780197539576 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 99

Literary style is something many people talk about, but few could define. Yet it is crucial for our response to narrative art. Style can facilitate or obscure the events of a story or the motivations of a character, enhance the aesthetic appeal of a narrative or complicate its emotional impact, and even inflect the political or ethical implications of a work. It is precisely this complex operation of style that Patrick Colm Hogan explains in Style in Narrative.

Drawing on recent psychological research, this book proposes a new and clear definition of style and provides a systematic theoretical account of style in relation to cognitive and affective science. Hogan's definition stresses that style varies by both scope, or the range of text or texts that may share a style, and level, the components of an individual work that might involve a shared style. The book uses rich examples from literature, film, and graphic fiction, including analysis of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Shakespeare's canon, William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, and Art Spiegelman's Maus, as well as visual analysis of films by Robert Rodriguez, Deepa Mehta, Eric Rohmer, M.F. Husain, Yasujiro Ozu, and Chuan Lu. Through these studies Hogan identifies stylistic concerns common across mediums as well as the most consequential stylistic differences between them.

Bringing together three often separated mediums within a coherent framework, Style in Narrative makes an important contribution to and necessary intervention in the field of stylistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Written In: English (eng)

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