Mastering the Language of Literature provides students of English Literature with a clear guide to the linguistic analysis of literary texts. Drawing on modern linguistics and traditional approaches, it shows how the study of language provides valuable tools for literary criticism. Important linguistic concepts are explained, and there are sections on Phonology, Lexis and Syntax, supported by examples from a wide range of texts. The book complements and extends the traditional close reading approach of Practical Criticism, and introduces students to an exciting and fast-growing area of advanced literary studies.
MALCOLM HEBRON teaches English Literature at Winchester College. He has published a study of medieval romance, The Medieval Siege: Theme and Image in Middle English Romance (Oxford, 1997) and writes articles on language and literature for various academic and educational periodicals. His research interests include English language study applied to literary criticism and Medieval literature.
INTRODUCTION.- MUSIC AND MEANING.- Patterns of Sound 1: Stress and Rhythm .- Patters of Sound 2: Repeated Sounds .- Types of Sound: Phonetics.- Variations in Sound.- Sound: Commentaries .- Sound: Suggestions for Further Reading.- GRAMMAR .- Words .- Phrases .- Clauses .- Sentences: Types of Sentence.- The Period.- Cohesion: Joining Sentences.- Coherence.- Grammar: Commentaries.- Grammar: Suggestions for Further Reading.- LEXIS.- Word Stock.- Word Origin: Etymology.- Word Types: Neologism and Archaism.- Word Meaning.- Words and Tropes: Transference of Meaning.- Words in Relation.- Lexis: Commentaries.- Lexis: Suggestions for Further Reading.- CONCLUSION.- Exercise: Marvell Poem.- Language and Literature: Suggestions for Further Reading.- Glossary.- Bibliography of Primary Texts .- Index.