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Toward a Speech ACT Theory of Literary Discourse

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  • Title: Toward a Speech ACT Theory of Literary Discourse
  • Author: Mary Louise Pratt
  • ISBN: 9780253370068
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Unknown Binding
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    1. Even though this could use some updating on where attitudes are today in the great "literary language" debate I think Pratt did a good job of laying out the stakes of the claims made by structuralists and linguists. Pratt seeks to correct a few misconceptions in this book (and also later in her article, “Ideology and Speech-Act Theory,”) both of which reconfigure speech-act theory as a literary device—not simply a device of “ordinary” language, to which it had previously been limited. [...]

    2. Pratt presents a well constructed case against a formalist, essentialist view of literature as unique and special. Rather, she maintains that literature has its roots in everyday language and human experience and that we bring certain expectations to literature because we know it to be literature in the first place. She supports this by drawing similarities between William Labov's work on natural narrative (people telling their own personal stories/anecdotes) and literary narrative. Further, she [...]

    3. this was an interesting enough book. oh alright, this was a neat book, it all kind of depends on how important you think it is to have an alternate technical vocabulary and procedural framework to describe what transpires in fictional work. i suppose it left me wondering what it is exactly linguists believe they are studying. the business that the speech act philosopher claims is carried out within the appropriate utterance might really be the trace of metaphysical presence; even though language [...]

    4. "The few steps I have taken here toward supplying the literary speech act with its context and toward reintegrating it into the broader schema of our verbal and social activities will, I hope, suggest that a socially based, use-oriented linguistics is a prerequisite toward sealing the breach between formal and sociological approaches to literature," says Pratt in the introduction. In chapter one she addresses what she calls the "poetic language" fallacy by showing that the formalist/structuralis [...]

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