Point of View in Plays: A cognitive stylistic approach to viewpoint in drama and other text-types
This is the first book-length study of how point of view is manifested linguistically in dramatic texts. It examines such issues as how readers process the shifts in viewpoint that can occur within such texts. Using insights from cognitive linguistics, the book aims to explain how the analysis of point of view in drama can be undertaken, and how this is fruitful for understanding textual and discoursal effects in this genre. Following on from a consideration of existing frameworks for the analysis of point of view, a cognitive approach to deixis is suggested as being particularly profitable for explaining the viewpoint effects that can arise in dramatic texts. To expand on the large number of examples discussed throughout the book, the penultimate chapter consists of an extended analysis of a single play. This book is relevant to scholars in a range of areas, including linguistics, literary studies and cognitive science.
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Narratives narration and point of view in prose
Perspectives on point of view in drama
Deictic shifts in dramatic texts
Possible worlds possible viewpoints
Logic reality and mind style
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ABl’s actual world Agatha Christie Alan Bennett analysis Arthur audience audience’s brieﬂy Chapter character’s Chatman cognitive concept conceptual point consider Context default deictic ﬁeld deﬁning deﬁnition deictic centre deictic expression deictic ﬁeld deictic shift theory deixis describes diegesis diegetic difﬁcult discourse structure discussed dramatic texts Eileen embedded TAW example explains extract fantasy universe ﬁctional world ﬁgure ﬁlm ﬁnal ﬁrst ﬁve focalization foregrounded Fowler framing TAW Galbraith Genette Genette’s Groff indicates Lady linguistic looking Miss Shepherd Moll Flanders narrative narratorial notion ofview particular character Pennies From Heaven perceptual point play point of view possible worlds primed Princess Bride prominence prose ﬁction prototypical reader reader/audience real world refers reﬂect Richardson Ryan’s says scene screen directions Semino Simpson spatial speaker speciﬁc speech stage directions stylistic suggests taxonomy temporal textual turn type of narration Uspensky’s verb view effects view in drama viewpoint effects Willy Willy’s Withnail