Literature and language are often studied separately, but need not be. Literature is an extraordinary use of language: eloquent, inspiring, and skilled. Stylistics sets out to use the tools of linguistics - phonology, grammar, semantics and pragmatics - to understand the powerful effects of literary language. In this module, we analyse a variety of texts – including ones chosen by students. We consider whether literary language has some specific and unique qualities, and how the stylistic approach relates to other literary theories. We shall consider literature both as text and as performance. We also extend our view beyond the conventional literary canon and look at genres which are quasi-literary – in that they have some poetic features - such as songs, rhymes, advertisements, comedy routines, prayers, orations.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Prof. Guy Cook & Dr Kieran O'Halloran
Module assessment - more information
(1) One 2500 word essay (80%)
(2) One 10 minute class presentation (group or individual) in one of the last three sessions (20%).