The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony

The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony

Linguists Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson, whose relevance theory has had a lasting influence on pragmatics scholarship, including work in literary pragmatics, have also examined how particular features become salient in our perception ...

Author: Chantelle Warner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415501309

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 213

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In this book, Warner examines a number of German-language literary autobiographies that are connected to diverse social movements of the last forty years. These books have all received critical attention from the popular press, topped bestseller lists, and have been pivotal in discussions of authenticity, subjectivity, and referentiality. Because of the thematic diversity of these works, scholars within literary and cultural studies have tended to treat them separately under topical categories, such as women's literature, the post-war generation, migration and multiculturalism, etc. Underlying Warner's analysis is the belief that the social construction of autobiographical acts is as much a matter of textuality as it is of topicality i.e., how language means, rather than what it means, and that a pragmatic-stylistic approach is well-suited to describing how literary autobiographies come to function as testimonies to certain collective experiences. By presenting a model for an integrative stylistics approach, The Prgamatics of Literary Testimony participates in current discussions within fields of literary linguistic scholarship, as well as autobiographical theory. In its analysis of key examples of German social testimonies from the late twentieth century, this book incorporates insights from discourse analysis, pragmatics, cogntive poetics, and sociolinguistics in order to demonstrate that this diverse body of works constitutes a particular form of textual practice defined by what the author calls authenticity effects—feelings of realism, immediacy, exemplarity, genuineness, and social relevance. Such a study of authenticity as a poetic effect, can help us to better understand the testimonial glamour owned by various types of autobiographical narration.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Pragmatics and Literature

Pragmatics and Literature

Dan McIntyre is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Huddersfield. His major publications include Corpus ... This includes her 2012 monograph The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony: Authenticity Effects in ...

Author: Siobhan Chapman

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027261922

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 225

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Pragmatics and Literature is an important collection of new work by leading practitioners working at the interface between pragmatic theory and literary analysis. The individual studies collected here draw on a variety of theoretical approaches and are concerned with a range of literary genres. All have a shared focus on applying ideas from specific pragmatic frameworks to understanding the production, interpretation and evaluation of literary texts. A full-length introductory chapter highlights distinctions and contrasts between pragmatic theories, but also brings out complementarities, shared aims and assumptions, and ways in which different pragmatic theories can make different contributions to our understanding of literary texts. The book as a whole encourages a sense of coherence for the field and presents insights from various approaches for systematic comparison. Building on previous work by the editors, the contributors and others, it makes a significant contribution to the growing field of pragmatic literary stylistics.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Pragmatic Literary Stylistics

Pragmatic Literary Stylistics

(2012) The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony: Authenticity Effects in German Social Autobiographies (London: Routledge). Weber,Jean Jacques. (1996) 'Towards contextualised stylistics: An overview', in Weber, Jean Jacques (ed.) ...

Author: S. Chapman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137023278

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 229

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In considering the ways in which current theories of language in use and communicative processes are applied to the analysis, interpretation and definition of literary texts, this book sets an agenda for the future of pragmatic literary stylistics and provides a foundation for future research and debate.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Women and National Socialism in Postwar German Literature

Women and National Socialism in Postwar German Literature

78 Warner, The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony, 34. 79On the “contract” between the satirist and his or her audience, see Knight, The Literature of Satire, 39–43. 80Warner, The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony, 156. 81 See also Künzel, ...

Author: Katherine Stone

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781571139948

Category: German literature

Page: 248

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Investigates why women's complicity in National Socialism has struggled to capture the collective imagination, examining how a variety of female authors have conceptualized women's role in the Third Reich
Categories: German literature

The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics

The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics

The pragmatics of literary testimony. London/New York: Routledge. In her analysis of key works of German-language autobiographical literature and the authenticity effects experienced by many readers when encountering them, ...

Author: Michael Burke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317747192

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 530

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The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics provides a comprehensive introduction and reference point to key areas in the field of stylistics. The four sections of the volume encompass a wide range of approaches from classical rhetoric to cognitive neuroscience and cover core issues that include: historical perspectives centring on rhetoric, formalism and functionalism the elements of stylistic analysis that include the linguistic levels of foregrounding, relevance theory, conversation analysis, narrative, metaphor, speech acts, speech and thought presentation and point of view current areas of ‘hot topic’ research, such as cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics and feminist/critical stylistics emerging and future trends including the stylistics of multimodality, creative writing, hypertext fiction and neuroscience Each of the thirty-two chapters provides: an introduction to the subject; an overview of the history of the topic; an analysis of the main current and critical issues; a section with recommendations for practice, and a discussion of possible future trajectory of the subject. This handbook includes chapters written by some of the leading stylistics scholars in the world today, including Jean Boase-Beier, Joe Bray, Michael Burke, Beatrix Busse, Ronald Carter, Billy Clark, Barbara Dancygier, Catherine Emmott, Charles Forceville, Margaret Freeman, Christiana Gregoriou, Geoff Hall, Patrick Colm Hogan, Lesley Jeffries, Marina Lambrou, Michaela Mahlberg, Rocio Montoro, Nina Nørgaard, Dan Shen, Michael Toolan and Sonia Zyngier. The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics is essential reading for researchers, postgraduates and undergraduate students working in this area.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Pragmatics of Fiction

Pragmatics of Fiction

Warner, Chantelle 2013 The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony: Authenticity Effects in German Social Autobiographies. (Routledge studies in rhetoric and stylistics.) New York: Routledge. Warner, Chantelle 2014 Literature as discourse and ...

Author: Miriam A. Locher

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110431094

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 628

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Pragmatics of Fiction provides systematic orientation in the emerging field of studying pragmatics with/in fictional data. It provides an authoritative and accessible overview of this versatile new field in its methodological and theoretical richness. Giving center stage to fictional language allows scholars to review key concepts in sociolinguistics such as genre, style, voice, stance, dialogue, participation structure or features of orality and literariness. The contributors explore language as one of the creative tools to craft story worlds and characters by drawing on concepts such as regional, social and ethnic language variation, as well as multilingualism. Themes such as emotion, taboo language or impoliteness in fiction receive attention just as the challenges of translation and dubbing, the creation of past and future languages, the impact of fictional language on language change or the fuzzy boundaries of narratives. Each contribution, written by a leading specialist, gives a succinct, representative and up-to-date overview of research questions, theories, methods and recent developments in the field.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Similes Puns and Counterfactuals in Literary Narrative

Similes  Puns and Counterfactuals in Literary Narrative

Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics Edited by Michael Burke, Christiana Gregoriou, and Joe Bray For a full list of titles in this series, please visit www.routledge.com 4 10 11 12 13 The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony ...

Author: Jennifer Riddle Harding

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317401933

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 172

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In this study, Jennifer Riddle Harding presents a cognitive analysis of three figures of speech that have readily identifiable forms: similes, puns, and counterfactuals. Harding argues that when deployed in literary narrative, these forms have narrative functions—such as the depiction of conscious experiences, allegorical meanings, and alternative plots—uniquely developed by these more visible figures of speech. Metaphors, by contrast, are often "invisible" in the formal structure of a text. With a solid cognitive grounding, Harding’s approach emphasizes the relationship between figurative forms and narrative effects. Harding demonstrates the literary functions of previously neglected figures of speech, and the potential for a unified approach to a topic that crosses cognitive disciplines. Her work has implications for the rhetorical approach to figures of speech, for cognitive disciplines, and for the studies of literature, rhetoric, and narrative.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Narrative Retellings

Narrative Retellings

Stockwell, P. (2013), 'The Positioned Reader', Language and Literature, 22 (3): 263–77. ... Warner, C. (2013), The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony: Authenticity Effects in German Social Autobiographies, New York: Routledge.

Author: Marina Lambrou

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350120044

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Narrative Retellings presents pioneering work at the intersection of stylistics and narrative study to provide new insights into the diverse forms of fictional and factual narratives and their retellings. Common types of retelling, such as translation, adaptation, textual intervention and reader responses are reconceptualised in the chapters, and fresh insights are offered into experiences retold as autofiction, witness statements and advertorials on social media. From modernising the most cherished novels of Jane Austen to deciphering conflicting testimonials following the Hillsborough disaster, this volume reveals the complexities involved in all forms of narrative retellings. As such, it makes a valuable contribution to the interdisciplinary study of stylistics and to the understanding of narrative texts.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Art and Science of Trauma and the Autobiographical

The Art and Science of Trauma and the Autobiographical

The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony: Authenticity Effects in German Social Autobiographies. London: routledge. Watkins, Nicholas, Francis Cole, and Sue Weidemann. 2010. “The War Memorial as Healing Environment: The Psychological Effect ...

Author: Meg Jensen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030061067

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

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This book examines posttraumatic autobiographical projects, elucidating the complex relationship between the ‘science of trauma’ (and how that idea is understood across various scientific disciplines), and the rhetorical strategies of fragmentation, dissociation, reticence and repetitive troping widely used the representation of traumatic experience. From autobiographical fictions to prison poems, from witness testimony to autography, and from testimonio to war memorials, otherwise dissimilar projects speak of past suffering through a limited and even predictable discourse in search of healing. Drawing on approaches from literary, human rights and cultural studies that highlight relations between trauma, language, meaning and self-hood, and the latest research on the science of trauma from the fields of clinical, behavioral and evolutionary psychology and neuroscience, I read such autobiographical projects not as ‘symptoms’ but as complex interrogative negotiations of trauma and its aftermath: commemorative and performative narratives navigating aesthetic, biological, cultural, linguistic and emotional pressure and inspiration.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Rethinking Language Text and Context

Rethinking Language  Text and Context

Warner, C. (2013) The pragmatics of literary testimony: Authenticity effects in German social autobiographies. London: Routledge. Warner, C. (2014) 'Literary pragmatics and stylistics', in Burke, M. (ed.) The Routledge handbook of ...

Author: Ruth Page

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351183208

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 332

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This collection of original research highlights the legacy of Michael Toolan’s pioneering contributions to the field of stylistics and in so doing provides a critical overview of the ways in which language, text, and context are analyzed in the field and its related disciplines. Featuring work from an international range of contributors, the book illustrates how the field of stylistics has evolved in the 25 years since the publication of Toolan’s seminal Language, Text and Context, which laid the foundation for the analysis of the language and style in literary texts. The volume demonstrates how technological innovations and the development of new interdisciplinary methodologies, including those from corpus, cognitive, and multimodal stylistics, point to the greater degree of interplay between language, text, and context exemplified in current research and how this dynamic relationship can be understood by featuring examples from a variety of texts and media. Underscoring the significance of Michael Toolan’s extensive work in the field in the evolution of literary linguistic research, this volume is key reading for students and researchers in stylistics, discourse studies, corpus linguistics, and interdisciplinary literary studies.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines