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Language and Communication Research Seminar: mini-stylistics workshop

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START DATE 10 March 2015
START TIME 01:30pm

V103, Vine Building, Hendon campus, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 10 March 2015
END TIME 03:00pm

'Steps in Stylistics': Two presentations on stylistics and 'text travel'

In this Language and Communication Research Seminar, Marcello Giovanelli of the University of Nottingham and Andrea Macrae of Oxford Brookes University will each give a talk on the subject of stylistics.

Marcello Giovanelli

'As if stepping into a movie': a text world theory account of Neil Gaiman's 'The Graveyard Book'

In this talk, Marcello outlines the operational parameters and analytical potential of text world theory (Gavins 2007; Werth 1999). He argues that text world theory is particularly useful in explaining both the texture and the likely interpretative effects of narratives that rely on a variety of temporal, spatial and perspectival shifts. He subsequently uses text world theory to analyse the opening to Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, drawing on and explaining more impressionistic responses from both the literary-critical tradition and from online book reviews that emphasise readerly feelings of disorientation and fear. In doing so, Marcello hopes to show that text world theory, as part of a systematic and rigorous stylistics, can help to account for existing readings of texts and also generate insights in new and interesting ways.

Andrea Macrae

'Stepping into The Hundred Acre Wood: A Deictic Shift Theory account of A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh'

The children's book Winnie-the-Pooh has retained huge popularity since its publication almost a century ago. In this talk, Andrea explores the relationships between the storyworld, the narration, and the real reader. In particular, She looks at the ways in which the deictic language of the text evokes a sense of involvement in the narrative discourse and immersion in the storyworld. Using deictic shift theory (Duchan, Bruder and Hewitt 1995; Herman 2002), Andrea explores the deictic projection, into and out of narratorial and narratee roles, invited by the person, spatial, temporal, social and discourse deixis of the opening few pages, conceptually drawing the reader into the fantasy spaces of both the scene of the telling and the scene of the told. This paper will offer an alternative model to text world theory, a different but connected and complementary account of readers 'experiences of processing and navigation across story worlds.

All are welcome to this talk. For further information please contact Billy Clark.

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