Style in the French Novel

Style in the French Novel

Style in the French Novel

Style in the French Novel

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One of the most striking developments in contemporary linguistics has been the emergence of a new science of style. This science, which lies astride the border-line between linguistic and literary studies, has already aroused wide interest; a recent bibliography of stylistic work in the Romance languages lists well over 1500 titles. At the same time, there is as yet no coherent doctrine, agreed terminology or established method in this field. It is hoped that the present book will help to direct attention to these problems by surveying what has been achieved so far and by suggesting a new approach to style, based on a closer integration of linguistic and literary viewpoints.

Most of the material contained in these essays appears here for the first time. The chapter on Proust is drawn mainly from an article published in French Studies, 1954, and the section on Vigny in chapter I from an article which appeared in 1950 in the same journal. In the chapter on word-order, I have utilized the data of three articles which were printed in The Modern Language Review, 1962, and in Le Français Moderne, 1952 and 1955. The introduction has a number of points in common with all article in Journal de Psychologie, 1955. I am very grateful to the Editors of these journals for authorizing me to use this material.

The book has greatly benefited by the help and encouragement of Professor L. C. Harmer, of Trinity College, Cambridge, to whom my sincere thanks are due. It also gives me much pleasure to express my thanks to the following scholars for advice and assistance on various points: Professor G. T. Clapton and Dr G. Hainsworth, of the University of Leeds; Professor H. Hatzfeld, of the Catholic University of America, Washington; Mr T. E. Hope, of the University of Durham (King's College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne); Dr Stanley Jones and Mr Francis H. Scarfe, of the University of Glasgow.

STEPHEN ULLMANN

Leeds September 1956 . . .

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