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ERIC Number: ED306570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Pages: 12
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Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway": A Suggested Experiment in Classroom Stylistics.
Patil, P. B.
One of the central problems in the study of fictional prose is that of distinguishing between mere linguistic regularity, which in itself is of no interest to literary studies, and regularity which is significant for the text in which it is found. General criteria for determining whether any particular instance of linguistic prominence is likely to be stylistically relevant or not are lacking. In "Mrs. Dalloway" the features that are noteworthy are largely syntactic, and are in the realm of syntactic imagery, where the syntax "serves a vision of things." Since there are innumerable kinds of deviances, the ones selected by the author spring from particular semantic impulses, particular ways of looking at experience. The vision provides the motivation for their prominence: it makes them relevant, however ordinary they may be. The style of "Mrs. Dalloway" rests very much on foregrounding of this kind. Stylistics can help teachers of English to achieve in literature classes useful insights that they could not achieve without them. But they should be aware of stylistic principles and procedures and know how to apply them to a literary text in an eclectic manner. (Eleven references are attached.) (RAE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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