Prospect & Retrospect


Stylistics: Prospect & Retrospect looks backward toward classic and foundational approaches and texts that helped to establish the field of stylistics. It also looks forward by examining recent innovations that seem likely to alter the ways in which style is studied in the years to come. The essays presented here, written by an array of experts from nine countries on four continents, employ a wide range of approaches to works that range from romantic poetry to contemporary fiction and from traditional folktales and nursery rhymes to contemporary film. The variety of authors, approaches, and works found here testifies to the vitality of the field of stylistics, and these essays should appeal to all those interested in the nature of style and in the history and future of stylistics.

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Notes on Contributors
David L. HOOVER: Preface
David L. HOOVER & Sharon LATTIG: Introduction
Part I: Foregrounding, Estrangement, and Pattern
Willie VAN PEER, Sonia ZYNGIER & Jèmeljan HAKEMULDER: Foregrounding: Past, Present, Future
Anne BIRIEN: Modernist Poetics of Estrangement: Ezra Pound’s Answer to Stéphane Mallarmé
Robin J. SOWARDS: Local Interpretation and the Syntax of Keats’s ‘To Autumn’
Part II: Formal Analysis and the Analysis of Form
Henrik SCHÄRFE: Story Elements as Sets
Yuchau E. HSIAO: The Metrical Structure of Taiwanese Nursery Rhymes: A Corpus Study
Ulf CRONQUIST: Embodiment and the Irreducible Sign: Towards a Theoretical Anthropo-Semiotic Grounding for Literary Textual Analysis
Part III: Speech and Thought Presentation
Violeta SOTIROVA: Historical Transformations of Free Indirect Style
John DOUTHWAITE: Using Speech and Thought Presentation to Validate Hypotheses Regarding the Nature of the Crime Novels of Andrea Camilleri
Mick SHORT: How to Make a Drama out of a Speech Act: The Speech Act of Apology in the Film A Fish Called Wanda