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

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, Summer

Cognitive Science Applied to Pauline Metaphors in 1 Thessalonians: Conceptual Blending and the Sleep and Death Motif
In Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, the possibilities of interpretation are opened by way of his iconoclastic destruction of the language of philosophy. Rather than assume the objectivity of objects directed through language, Wittgenstein...
Extemporaneous Blending: Conceptual Integration in Humorous Discourse from Talk Radio
An "Off the Leash" cartoon by W. B. Park depicts a dozen or so pigs feeding at a trough. One pig, however, has his head raised, as if addressing the approaching farmer. The pig's words are apparently expressed in the cartoon's caption, "Garcon!" The...
Hiatus of Subject and Verb in Poetic Language
The thought behind, I strove to join Unto the thought before. --Emily Dickinson People speaking English generally pause slightly at the juncture of contiguous vowels not sounded as dipthongs (e.g., "When Brenda arrived, Mario opened the door")....
Parody, Heteroglossia, and Chronotope in Don DeLillo's Great Jones Street
The "presence of parody," Mikhail Bakhtin wrote, "is in general very difficult to identify ... in literary prose ... without knowing the background of alien discourse against which it is projected, that is, without knowing its context. In world literature...
Repetition in Free Indirect Style: A Dialogue of Minds?
1. Repetition: A Problem in Narrative Studies? It is common and often passes unnoticed when people repeat a word in speech. The most common explanation for this is that the spoken medium puts a certain pressure on the speaker to formulate at a speed...
Stress Felt, Stroke Dealt: The Spondee, the Text, and the Reader
The spondee in English is usually defined as a metrical foot consisting of two stressed syllables. Since the word spondee was borrowed from the terminology of Greek meter, in which it referred to a foot of two equally long syllables, some doubt has...
The Self-Deceptive and the Other-Deceptive Narrating Character: The Case of Lolita
Many scholarly debates during the last decades have dealt with the issue of narrator reliability in specific fictional texts. Often these debates have yielded no agreed answer, since the text itself vacillates between two poles (from total reliability...
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