Language in Place

Stylistic perspectives on landscape, place and environment

ORCID logoDaniela Francesca Virdis | University of Cagliari
ORCID logoElisabetta Zurru | University of Genoa
Ernestine Lahey | University College Roosevelt
ISBN 9789027208415 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027260161 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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The contributions in this collection offer a wide range of stylistic perspectives on landscape, place and environment, by focusing on a variety of text-types ranging from poetry, the Bible, fictional and non-fictional prose, to newspaper articles, condo names, online texts and exhibitions. Employing both established and cutting-edge methodologies from, among others, corpus linguistics, metaphor studies, Text World Theory and ecostylistics, the eleven chapters in the volume provide an overview of how landscape, place and environment are encoded and can be investigated in literary and non-literary discourse. The studies collected here stand as evidence of the possibility of, and the need for, a “stylistics of landscape”, which emphasises how represented spaces are made manifest linguistically; a “stylistics of place”, which focuses on the discursive and affective qualities of those represented spaces; and a “stylistics of environment”, which reiterates the urgency for environmentally-responsible humanities, able to support a change in the anthropocentric narrative which poses humans as the most important variable in the human-animal and human-environment relationships.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 37] 2021.  vii, 258 pp.
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“[...] this book is a joy to read, with its many interesting case studies on place, landscape and environment. The approach the case studies have in common, an ecostylistic analysis, gives a valuable contribution to sociolinguistics. The theoretical concepts, data and sources used in most of the cases studies are perhaps non-typical (or less central, at least) to sociolinguistics, such as literary
criticism, conceptual metaphors, poetry and poetics, text world theory, reader-response, but exactly that makes this volume worthwhile.”
“The volume as a whole certainly raises interesting questions about the linguistic work that goes into describing places, whether in literary texts, commercial presentations, media framings, political discourses, or common conversations.”
“Perhaps the most compelling feature of the book is the deep ecological consciousness and sensitivity of many of the writers, whose work confirms the possibilities for ecostylistics beyond this text.”
“Each of the eleven chapters of the book has its highlight or focus and altogether contribute to the success of the book both as “stylistics of place” — which foregrounds the affective and associative qualities of those represented spaces — and as “stylistics of environment” which reminds the reader of the urgent need for ecological balance.”
“Each chapter is well worth reading, even if it is only for the theories and methods used. These, it seems, have considerable potential for future scholarship, especially by ecocritics who are interested in interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in fields that work empirically or those who seek to move beyond the linguistic representations covered here to also consider, for example, visual data (film, photography, and so on). Language in Place provides several excellent roadmaps for this kind of work and for future explorations of landscapes, places, and the environment.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

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LIT006000: LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
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