‘The Dress of Thought’: Analysing literature through a linguistic lens
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This chapter will outline how linguistic analysis of text can support young people’s interpretations and critical engagement with literature. In general, literature teachers are very at ease introducing a wide range of literary metalanguage for analysing text: indeed, this is often perceived as an important induction into the discourse of literary criticism. However, teachers are less likely to draw on linguistic metalanguage or to explore how linguistic choices are part of authorial crafting and shaping of text. Drawing on several research studies, this chapter will illustrate the complementarity of literary and linguistic approaches to literature, and signal the social semiotic affordances of close engagement in the teaching of literature with how language makes meaning.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in International Perspectives on the Teaching of Literature in Schools: Global Principles and Practices, edited by Andrew Goodwyn, Cal Durrant, Louann Reid, Lisa Scherff on 08/09/2017, available online: http://www.routledge.com/9781138227217
Published in: International Perspectives on the Teaching of Literature in Schools Global Principles and Practices Edited by Andrew Goodwyn, Cal Durrant, Louann Reid, Lisa Scherff © 2018 – Routledge; pp. 18 - 28