Stylistics is the study of the ways in which meaning is created and shaped through language in literature and in other types of text. Key Terms in Stylistics provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of the field, along with sections that explain relevant terms, concepts and key thinkers listed from A to Z.
The book comprises entries on different stylistic approaches to text, including feminist, cognitive, corpus and multimodal stylistics. There is coverage of key thinkers and their work as well as of central terms and concepts. It ends with a comprehensive bibliography of key texts. The book is written in an accessible manner, explaining difficult concepts in a straightforward way. It will appeal to both beginner and upper-level students working in the interface between language, linguistics and literature.
"Key Terms in Stylistics is a substantial, timely and much-needed contribution to the rapidly developing field of Stylistics. Charting the development of Stylistics from its inception to the present day, and covering the major themes, terms and concepts, this book is the key reference guide to modern Stylistics. One of the major accomplishments of the book is the way its authors manage to reign in the many diverse strands in contemporary stylistic analysis, from Feminist Stylistics to Cognitive Poetics, from Critical Stylistics to the Empirical Study of Literature, thereby creating a comprehensive and coherent overview of the present-day field. With full entries on the key terms and the major work in the area, this book is essential reading for anyone who wishes (or needs) to acquaint themselves with the character and practice of modern Stylistics." Professor Paul Simpson, Queen's University Belfast, UK