Undergraduate Course: Stylistics (LASC10108)
|School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
|College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Available to all students
|In this course you will become familiar with stylistics, a framework for exploring texts of various kinds, but with a particular focus on literary texts.
Stylistics is a framework for exploring the language of texts. We will explore some of the ways in which linguistic choices can contribute to the ways in which readers understand and interpret texts, and some of the methods that have been developed for exploring the relationship between textual structures and their effects. The course will cover three main areas: the language of poetry, the language of fiction, and the language of non-fiction. We will look at texts from a range of contemporary and historical authors writing for different kinds of readers (for example, part of the course will look at the stylistics of literature for children). The course will draw on and extend students' knowledge of linguistic structure, showing, for example, how linguistic concepts such as tense and modality are important for understanding point of view in literary narratives. In order to contextualize some of the research in the field, we will draw on some principles of cognitive linguistics (for instance, cognitive approaches to metaphor), and quantitative approaches to stylistics (stylometrics).
Information for Visiting Students
|Visiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the principles of stylistics as a discipline
- demonstrate an understanding of new developments in the field of stylistics, particularly in the quantitative study of textual variation
- provide a stylistic analysis of unseen texts
- apply knowledge of cognitive linguistic principles to texts
- demonstrate an understanding of some of the linguistic differences between literary and non-literary texts
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|By taking the course, students will develop: - skills of data analysis - critical thinking skills - the ability to organise and sustain a coherent argument - skills in the identification of and solutions to key problems in linguistics
|Dr Graeme Trousdale
Tel: (0131 6)50 3599
|Miss Chloe Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870