Stylistics and the Teaching of Literature
2003/04 Semester 1
Module Lecturer: Dr Ismail S. Talib. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office: AS5 #03-09. Tel.: 6874 6045
Prerequisites: Nil, but students are expected to have a very good grasp of basic linguistics, and have an appreciation of literature
Module Description: Much of the stylistic analysis will be based on concepts found in Halliday's Introduction to Functional Grammar. Students will also be analysing the sound features of poetry, and point-of-view and speech and thought presentation in fictional narratives. In addition, students are expected to reflect on how stylistic features may have a bearing on the teaching of literature, especially in relation to practical criticism. You can take a look at the programme, which will give you details on the lectures covered each week, and the notes to be read from the Literary Stylistics web site.
General aim: The general aim of this module is to introduce students to the linguistic and discourse-analytical approaches to style in literary works, and to relate stylistic features to the teaching of literature.
Continuous Assessment:Practical work will consist of project work which constitutes 50% of the total marks for the module.
Examination: The examination will constitute 50% of the total marks for this module.
For the detailed explanation of the main grammatical model used for this module, you may refer to the following book:
Halliday, M.A.K. An Introduction to Functional Grammar. Second Edition. London: Arnold, 1994.
There is no single stylistic textbook recommended for this module. However, some of the following books will be useful for some of the lectures in the module:
Carter, Ronald (ed.). Language and Literature. London: Unwin, 1982.
Hasan, Ruqaiya. Linguistics, Language and Verbal Art. Deakin UP, 1985.
Leech, Geoffrey N. A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry. London: Longman, 1969.
— & M. H. Short. Style in Fiction. London: Longman, 1981.
Short, Mick Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays, and Prose. Harlow, Essex: Longman , 1996.
— (ed.). Reading, Analysing, and Teaching Literature. London: Longman, 1988.
Talib, Ismail S. The Language of Postcolonial Literatures. London: Routledge, 2002.
Toolan, Michael. Language in Literature: An Introduction to Stylistics. London: Arnold, 1998.
Wales, Katie. Dictionary of Stylistics. London: Longman, 1989.