The Stuff of Literature: Physical Aspects of Texts and Their Relation to Literary Meaning
Levenston (English linguistics, Hebrew U., Jerusalem) focuses on the four graphic aspects of a written text that an author can manipulate to augment the meaning of the words: spelling, punctuation, typography, and layout. He also considers the translation of unusual graphics. The examples range from the Psalms to modern poetry. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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