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A journal focusing on literature and literary topics for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, Winter

Adaptationist Literary Study: An Emerging Research Program
1. Introduction In the past decade or so, a small but rapidly growing band of literary scholars, theorists, and critics has been working to integrate literary study with Darwinian social science. These scholars can be identified as the members of...
A Short Guide to the Theory of the Sublime
Among the most stimulating contemporary pronouncements on the subject of the sublime is an interpretation of the phenomenon of violence in mass culture that refers to the notion of "the aesthetics of the sublime" (Crowther, Critical Aesthetics 129-30)....
Corpus-Based Text Analysis from a Qualitative Perspective: A Closer Look at NVivo
This review presents information on a powerful yet easy-to-use entry-level qualitative text analysis tool called NVivo. NVivo is quite different from analysis tools readers may be familiar with already, such as TACT and Wordsmith Tools, two of the...
From Iser to Turner and Beyond: Reception Theory Meets Cognitive Criticism
1. Introduction (1) "Going cognitive" is one way to define a recent trend in literary studies. Indeed, the term "cognitive" is ubiquitous with "cognitive rhetoric" (Turner Reading), "cognitive stylistics" (Semino and Culpepper), "cognitive poetics"...
Meaning, Language, and Mind: An Interview with Mark Turner
June 2001 James W. Underhill (JU): For a long time, metaphor was considered to be simply one of a number of rhetorical figures or tropes which were used for special effect in speech, and poets were thought to be their undisputed masters. Philosophers...
Prose Styles, Genres, and Levels of Analysis
Defining style or determining how to analyze it has frequently been pronounced problematic, but recent work on another problematic concept--genre--can help clarify our understandings of style. The increasing attention to non-fictional genres now coming...
Reading Literature/culture: A Translation of "Reading as a Cultural Practice"
In September 1983, Pierre Bourdieu and Roger Chartier concluded an interdisciplinary conference in the Provencal town of Saint-Maximin with a discussion on the practice of reading. The conversation between the two men was published with essays from...
Resources for Discourse Analysis in Composition Studies
Introduction The field of composition studies takes as its object of study written language--its production, interpretation, and acquisition in context. Research in the field ranges from classical rhetorical analyses to ethnographies of writing...
The Englishing of Juvenal: Computational Stylistics and Translated Texts (1)
Introduction Comparisons between translations and their originals often shed light on cultural differences, large and small. At one level of meaning, such inter-language comparisons draw our attention to the elusive connotations and the ultimate...