In Conversation with Jonah: Conversation Analysis, Literary Criticism and the Book of Jonah (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jun 1, 1996 - Religion - 204 pages
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The author analyses the various conversations that occur between the characters in the Jonah narrative and the 'conversation' that occurs between the text and its readers. The study opens with an introduction to the field of conversation analysis, with a focus on one feature of conversation analysis-that a fundamental structure in the organization of language is adjacency pairs (for example, question/answer and invitation/refusal). Person notes how complex the adjacency pairs in the Jonah narrative are, and shows how they contribute to the narrative elements of plot, characterization, atmosphere and tone. He then refines reader-response theory (especially that of Wolfgang Iser) and provides a reader-response commentary on the book. The study ends with an analysis of the history of the interpretation of the book of Jonah, demonstrating how the structures of adjacency pairs in the narrative have been successfully and unsuccessfully interpreted.
  

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Contents

Preface
7
Abbreviations
9
Introduction
11
Chapter 1 CONVERSATION ANALYSIS AND NARRATIVE
15
Chapter 2 COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF JONAH FROM A CONVERSATION ANALYTIC PERSPECTIVE
31
Chapter 3 NARRATIVE IN THE BOOK OF JONAH
51
THE IMPLIED READER
90
ACTUAL READERS
132
Chapter 6 CONCLUSION
164
Appendix 1 THE EXPLAINING AND HEIGHTENING OF JONAHS ACCOUNT 42
171
Appendix 2 JONAHS OMITTED ANSWER TO THE LORDS LAST QUESTION 41011
187
Bibliography
191
Index of References
200
Index of Authors
203
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Raymond Person, Jr is Associate Professor of Religion at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio.

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