Introduces an interdisciplinary and practical approach to the analysis of poetry which focuses on text worlds: the contexts, scenarios or types of reality that readers construct in their inter-action with the language of texts. The book demonstrates, through the analysis of British and American poems and non-poetic tetxs, three ways of approaching poetic text worlds, namely as discourse situations, possible-worlds, and mental constructs. Clear and detailed introductions to linguistic theories of definiteness and deixis, possible-world theory and schema theory are included, making the book accessible to readers who are unfamiliar with these frameworks.
Part I: Poetic text worlds as discourse situations
2. Definiteness, indefiniteness and context creation
3. Deixis and context creation
Part II: Poetic text worlds as possible worlds
4. Possible-world theory, fiction and literature
5. Possible-world theory and the analysis of poetic text worlds
Part III: Poetic text worlds as cognitive constructs
6. Schema theory and literature
7. Schema theory and the analysis of poetic text worlds
8. Metaphor, schema refreshment and text worlds
9. Conclusion: the world of Sylvia Plath's 'The Applicant'
Elena Semino is Lecturer in the Dept. of Linguistics and Modern English Language at Lancaster University. She is extremely well thought of academically and is an active member of the stylistics assoc. PALA. Having Mick as the more experienced series editor and 'name', coupled with Elena as a young, bright academic, the combination of the two editors should work well.