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Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics


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Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics offers original, dynamic academic investigations into the related fields of rhetoric and stylistics. Books will focus on rhetorical or stylistic approaches to pedagogy, cognition, emotion, corpora, and multimodality, incorporating analytic studies conducted on the synchronic and/or diachronic discourses of literature, politics, law, news, advertisements, business, academe, and other subjects. This exciting series offers an innovative and challenging range of texts, providing rich resources for students and researchers alike.

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Discourse Deixis in Metafiction: The Language of Metanarration, Metalepsis and Disnarration

Discourse Deixis in Metafiction: The Language of Metanarration, Metalepsis and Disnarration

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Andrea Macrae
May 01, 2019

This volume advances scholarly understanding of the ways in which discourse deixis underpins the workings of metafictional novels. Building on existing scholarship in the field, the book begins by mapping out key themes and techniques in metafiction and puts forward a focused and theoretically...

Metaphor and Persuasion in Strategic Communication: Sustainable Perspectives

Metaphor and Persuasion in Strategic Communication: Sustainable Perspectives

1st Edition

Federica Ferrari
October 19, 2018

This groundbreaking work adopts an alternative metaphor-based approach to challenge, unpack, and redefine our understanding of persuasion and strategic communication and the extents to which they shape political discourse. The book’s theoretical and methodological grounding in metaphor allows for...

A Prosody of Free Verse: Explorations in Rhythm

A Prosody of Free Verse: Explorations in Rhythm

1st Edition

Richard Andrews
August 23, 2018

There is to date no comprehensive account of the rhythms of free verse. The main purpose of A Prosody of Free Verse: explorations in rhythm is to fill that gap and begin to provide a systematic approach to describing and analyzing free verse rhythms. Most studies have declared the attempt to write...

Making Sense of Narrative Text: Situation, Repetition, and Picturing in the Reading of Short Stories

Making Sense of Narrative Text: Situation, Repetition, and Picturing in the Reading of Short Stories

1st Edition

Michael Toolan
August 23, 2018

This book takes the following question as its starting point: What are some of the crucial things the reader must do in order to make sense of a literary narrative? The book is a study of the texture of narrative fiction, using stylistics, corpus linguistic principles (especially Hoey’s work on...

Rethinking Language, Text and Context: Interdisciplinary Research in Stylistics in Honour of Michael Toolan

Rethinking Language, Text and Context: Interdisciplinary Research in Stylistics in Honour of Michael Toolan

1st Edition

Ruth Page, Beatrix Busse, Nina Nørgaard
August 14, 2018

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...

From Conversation to Oral Tradition: A Simplest Systematics for Oral Traditions

From Conversation to Oral Tradition: A Simplest Systematics for Oral Traditions

1st Edition

Raymond F Person
February 12, 2018

This book argues that many of the most prominent features of oral epic poetry in a number of traditions can best be understood as adaptations or stylizations of conversational language use, and advances the claim that if we can understand how conversation is structured, it will aid our...

Stories, Meaning, and Experience: Narrativity and Enaction

Stories, Meaning, and Experience: Narrativity and Enaction

1st Edition

Yanna B. Popova
February 12, 2018

This is a book about the human propensity to think about and experience the world through stories. ‘Why do we have stories?’, ‘How do stories create meaning for us?’, and ‘How is storytelling distinct from other forms of meaning-making?’ are some of the questions that this book seeks to answer....

The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony: Authenticity Effects in German Social Autobiographies

The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony: Authenticity Effects in German Social Autobiographies

1st Edition

Chantelle Warner
May 31, 2017

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...

Similes, Puns and Counterfactuals in Literary Narrative

Similes, Puns and Counterfactuals in Literary Narrative

1st Edition

Jennifer Riddle Harding
May 11, 2017

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...

Kafka’s Cognitive Realism

Kafka’s Cognitive Realism

1st Edition

Emily Troscianko
November 08, 2016

This book uses insights from the cognitive sciences to illuminate Kafka’s poetics, exemplifying a paradigm for literary studies in which cognitive-scientific insights are brought to bear directly on literary texts. The volume shows that the concept of "cognitive realism" can be a critically...

Analyzing Digital Fiction

Analyzing Digital Fiction

1st Edition

Alice Bell, Astrid Ensslin, Hans Rustad
July 27, 2016

Written for and read on a computer screen, digital fiction pursues its verbal, discursive and conceptual complexity through the digital medium. It is fiction whose structure, form and meaning are dictated by the digital context in which it is produced and requires analytical approaches that are...

Style and Rhetoric of Short Narrative Fiction: Covert Progressions Behind Overt Plots

Style and Rhetoric of Short Narrative Fiction: Covert Progressions Behind Overt Plots

1st Edition

Dan Shen
March 03, 2016

In many fictional narratives, the progression of the plot exists in tension with a very different and powerful dynamic that runs, at a hidden and deeper level, throughout the text. In this volume, Dan Shen systematically investigates how stylistic analysis is indispensable for uncovering this...

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