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Peter Stockwell

Professor of Literary Linguistics, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

BA English Language and Literature (Liverpool 1988)

PhD (Liverpool 1991)

FEA (Fellow of the English Association) (from 2012)

I work in literary linguistics; cognitive poetics; stylistics; applied linguistics; science fiction; surrealism. I maintain an interest in sociolinguistics and in language education both in the UK and across the world.

Teaching Summary

I don't see myself as a teacher in a direct sense. Instead I view my classes as places where research in literary linguistics - including my own - is presented to students for their own thinking.

Literary linguistics takes our best current knowledge of language and reading and applies it to questions of interpretation, aesthetics, literary value and criticism. My view is that it is the best and the proper way of pursuing literary scholarship. Any student who comes to one of my classes will be faced with a challenge to become a stylistician - and thereby to become a better literary critic, and a better thinker.

I believe that university classes should be intense, engaging and uncomfortable. The journey from new student of stylistics to a position of power over texts and readings is surprisingly short, and the best part of my job is seeing the light of understanding flick on in students' faces when they see what stylistics can do for them.

The measure of my success is not in snapshot surveys, module evaluations nor even the grades my students achieve: success is when one of my students, in 20 years time, takes a decision, or understands a part of their life, or takes a different direction from the one that otherwise they might have taken, as a delicate threaded and immeasurable consequence of something we worked through together years previously - and their life is enhanced by it.

Research Summary

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Selected Publications

  • STOCKWELL, P., 2009. Texture: a cognitive aesthetics of reading Edinburgh University Press.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2012. 'The surrealist experiments with language'. In: BRAY, J.; GIBBONS, A. AND MCHALE, B., ed., The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature Routledge.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2010. The eleventh checksheet of the apocalypse. In: MCINTYRE, D. and BUSSE, B., eds., Language and style: in honour of Mick Short Palgrave Macmillan.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2012. Ethics and imagination in literary reading. In: JONES, R.H., ed., Discourse and creativity Pearson.

I welcome proposals for doctoral research in the broad area of literary linguistics. All of my previous research students not only completed their PhDs but also secured significant academic posts very soon after graduating. Many of them are now major figures in the field. My approach to doctoral supervision is to produce fully-rounded academics who will be regarded as important thinkers in literary linguistics. Recent researchers working with me include Chloe Harrison (Coventry University), Wenjuan Yuan (Hunan University), David Peplow (Sheffield Hallam University), Odette Vassallo (University of Malta), Marcello Giovanelli (University of Nottingham), Maha Zaghloul (Helwan University), Ziwei Huang (Northumbria University), Salwa Nugali (King Saud University), and Christiana Gregoriou (Leeds University), among many others.

My current doctoral research students are amongst the smartest young scholars in the world: Jessica Mason, Louise Nuttall, Arwa Hasan, Elizabeth Stewart, and Jennifer Sanchez-Davies - we all work together to develop literary linguistics towards its place as the core methodology of literary studies.

Current Research

Visit my Academia page for full details of my research. You will be able to download some of my work there: most articles beyond a year or so ago, plus the full text of some books. Please do support publishers by recommending books and journals to your library.

I work in literary linguistics, which broadly covers the fields of stylistics, narratology, cognitive poetics, and the sociolinguistics of literary reading. View my vodcast about Literary Linguistics.

  • P. STOCKWELL and S. WHITELEY, eds., 2014. The Handbook of Stylistics. Cambridge University Press. (In Press.)
  • P. STOCKWELL, 2014. 'Poetics'. In: E. DABROWSKA and D. DIVJAK, eds., The Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. de Gruyter Mouton. (In Press.)
  • C. HARRISON, L. NUTTALL, P. STOCKWELL and W. YUAN, eds., 2014. Cognitive Grammar in Literature. John Benjamins. (In Press.)
  • P. STOCKWELL, 2014. 'Atmosphere and tone'. In: P. STOCKWELL and S. WHITELEY, eds., The Handbook of Stylistics. Cambridge University Press. (In Press.)
  • P. STOCKWELL, 2014. 'War, worlds and Cognitive Grammar'. In: C. HARRISON, L. NUTTALL, P. STOCKWELL and W. YUAN, eds., Cognitive Grammar in Literature. Benjamins. (In Press.)
  • P. STOCKWELL, 2014. 'Texture'. In: V. SOTIROVA, ed., The Companion to Stylistics. Continuum. (In Press.)
  • C. HARRISON and P. STOCKWELL, 2013. 'Cognitive poetics'. In: J. LITTLEMORE and J. TAYLOR, eds., The Companion to Cognitive Linguistics. de Gruyter Mouton. (In Press.)
  • P. STOCKWELL, 2013. 'Creative reading, world and style in Ben Jonson's "To Celia"'. In: B. DANCYGIER, M. BORKENT and J. HINNELL, eds., Language in the Creative Mind. CSLI. (In Press.)
  • P. STOCKWELL, 2013. 'The positioned reader' Language and Literature. 22(2),
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2012. 'The Aesthetics of Science Fiction'. In: The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction Oxford University Press.
  • GAVINS, J., and STOCKWELL, P.J., 2012. 'About the heart, where it hurt exactly, and how often' Language and Literature. 21,
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2012. 'The surrealist experiments with language'. In: BRAY, J.; GIBBONS, A. AND MCHALE, B., ed., The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature Routledge.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2012. 'The reader's paradox'. In: BURKE, M. AND CSABI, S., ed., Current Trends in Pedagogical Stylistics Continuum.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2012. 'Peter Stockwell'. In: BUNGAARD, P.; NIELSEN, H.S. AND STJERNFELT, F., ed., Five Questions: Narrative Theories and Poetics
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2012. Ethics and imagination in literary reading. In: JONES, R.H., ed., Discourse and creativity Pearson.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2012. 'Textual analysis and stylistics'. In: CLAYTON, D., ed., Language: A Student Handbook on Key Topics and Theories English and Media Centre. 150-62
  • STOCKWEL, P.J., 2012. 'How to speak Venusian' Babel. 8-11
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2011. 'Changing minds in narrative' Style. 45(2), 299-91
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2011. 'Authenticity and creativity in reading lamentation'. In: SWANN, J.; POPE, R. AND CARTER, R., ed., Creativity in Language Palgrave. 203-16
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2011. 'Accommodating identity in cognitive sociolinguistics' Cahiers du CEL: Centre d'Etudes Linguistiques, Lyon.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2011. Cognitive Poetics (Arabic translation) (Trans. Salwa Nugali). King Saud University Press.
  • MULLANY, L. J. & STOCKWELL, P.J., 2010. Introducing English Language: A Resource Book for Students London: Routledge. (In Press.)
  • JACKSON, H. AND STOCKWELL, P, 2010. An Introduction to the Nature and Functions of Language Second edition. Continuum.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2010. 'Review: Rajend Mesthrie, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William Leap's Introducing Sociolinguistics (EUP, 2009)' Journal of Sociolinguistics. 13(5), 698-701
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2010. 'Cognitive poetics'. In: HOGAN, P.C., ed., Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences Cambridge University Press. 169-71
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2010. The eleventh checksheet of the apocalypse. In: MCINTYRE, D. and BUSSE, B., eds., Language and style: in honour of Mick Short Palgrave Macmillan.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2010. 'Humanity and the art of literary linguistics' Acta Linguistica Hafniensis: International Journal of Linguistics. 42(1), 103-16
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2010. 'Language, knowledge and the stylistics of science fiction'. In: KRSTOVIC, J., ed., Short Story Criticism Gale Cengage.
  • STOCKWELL, P., 2009. Texture: a cognitive aesthetics of reading Edinburgh University Press.
  • LLAMAS, C. and STOCKWELL, P.J., 2009. 'Sociolinguistics'. In: SCHMITT, N., ed., An Introduction to Applied Linguistics (second edition). Arnold.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2009. The cognitive poetics of literary resonance Language and Cognition. 1(1), 25-44
  • CARTER, R. A. & STOCKWELL, P.J., ed., 2008. The Language and Literature Reader London: Routledge. (In Press.)
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2008. 'Situating cognitive approaches to narrative analysis'. In: BRONE, G. AND VANDAELE, J., ed., Cognitive Poetics: Goals, Gains and Gaps Mouton de Gruyter. 119-23
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2008. 'Kognitivna poetika a literarna teoria': (Slovak translation of 'Cognitive poetics and literary theory (2007)' Slovak Review of World Literature Research. 17, 51-66
  • CARTER, R. and STOCKWELL, P.J., 2008. 'Stylistics: retrospect and prospect'. In: CARTER, R AND STOCKWELL, P.J., ed., The Language and Literature Reader Routledge. 291-302
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2008. 'The year's work in stylistics: 2007' Language and Literature. 17(4), 351-63
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2008. 'Cartographies of cognitive poetics' Pragmatics and Cognition. 16(3), 587-98
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2008. 'Review: Dan McIntyre's Point of View in Plays (Benjamins, 2006)' Language and Literature. 17(1), 99-101
  • LLAMAS, C. and MULLANY, L. J. & STOCKWELL, P.J., eds., 2007. The Routledge Companion to Sociolinguistics London: Routledge.
  • LAMBROU, M. & STOCKWELL, P.J., ed., 2007. Contemporary Stylistics London: Continuum. (In Press.)
  • STOCKWELL, P.J. & TRASK, L., 2007. Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics (3rd edition). London: Routledge. (In Press.)
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2007. Sociolinguistics 2nd edition. London: Routledge. (In Press.)
  • LLAMAS, C., MULLANY, L. and STOCKWELL, P.J., 2007. 'Introduction'. In: The Routledge Companion to Sociolinguistics Routledge. xv-xviii
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2007. 'Cognitive poetics and literary theory' Journal of Literary Theory. 1(1), 135-52
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2006. 'On teaching literature itself'. In: WATSON, G. AND ZYNGIER, S., ed., Literature and Stylistics for Language Learners Palgrave. 15-24
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2006. 'On cognitive poetics and stylistics'. In: VEIVO, H.; PETTERSON, B. AND POLVINEN, M., ed., Cognition and Literary Interpretation in Practice University of Helsinki Press. 267-82
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2006. Poetyka Kognitywna: Wprowadzenie (Polish translation of Cognitive Poetics, by Edyta Podolska-Frej). Towarzystwo Autorow i Wydawcow Prac Naukowych Universitas.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2006. Cognitive Poetics (Japanese translation) (trans. Sigeko Uchida). Tuttle-Mori.
  • ROBSON, M. & STOCKWELL, P.J., 2005. Language in Theory London: Routledge.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2005. 'Texture and identification' European Journal of English Studies. 9(2), 143-53
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2005. 'Invented language in literature'. In: BROWN, K., ed., The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (second edition). Elsevier.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2005. 'Schema theory: stylistic applications'. In: BROWN, K., ed., The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (second edition). Elsevier.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2005. 'Stylistics: language and literature'. In: AARTS, B. AND MCMAHON, A., ed., The Handbook of English Linguistics Blackwell.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2004. 'Surrealist narrative'. In: HERMAN, D.; JAHN, M. AND RYAN, M-L., ed., Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory Routledge.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2004. 'Science fiction'. In: HERMAN, D.; JAHN, M. AND RYAN, M-L., ed., Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory Routledge.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2003. 'Review: Linda Thomas and Sian Wareing's Language, Society and Power (Routledge, 1999)' Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2003. 'Schema poetics and speculative cosmology' Language and Literature. 12(3), 252-71
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2003. 'Surreal figures'. In: GAVINS, J. AND STEEN, G., ed., Cognitive Poetics in Practice Routledge.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2002. Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction London: Routledge.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2002. Sociolinguistics London: Routledge.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2002. 'A stylistics manifesto'. In: CSABI, S. AND ZERKOWITZ, J., ed., Textual Secrets: The Message of the Medium ELTE Press.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2002. 'Miltonic texture and the feeling of reading'. In: CULPEPER, J. AND SEMINO, E., ed., Cognitive Stylistics Bernjamins.
  • LLAMAS, C. and STOCKWELL, P.J., 2002. 'Sociolinguistics'. In: SCHMITT, N., ed., An Introduction to Applied Linguistics Arnold. 150-69
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2001. 'Teaching the future' The English Teacher. 4(2), 3-17
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2000. The Poetics of Science Fiction New York: Longman.
  • BEX, T.; BURKE, M. AND STOCKWELL, P.J., ed., 2000. Contextualized Stylistics Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2000. 'Futuretalk: one small step towards a chronolinguistics' Nottingham Linguistic Circular. 15, 55-68
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2000. '(Sur)real stylistics: from text to contextualizing'. In: BEX, T.; BURKE, M. AND STOCKWELL, P.J., ed., Contextualized Stylistics Rodopi.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2000. 'Review: Cameron and Lowe's Researching and Applying Metaphor (Cambridge University Press, 1999)' Metaphor and Symbol. 4, 275-7
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 2000. 'Towards a critical cognitive linguistics?'. In: COMBRINK, A. AND BIERMANN, I., ed., Discourses of War and Conflict Potchefstroom University Press.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1999. 'The inflexibility of invariance' Language and Literature. 8(2), 125-42
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1999. 'Review: Michael Toolan's Total Speech (Duke University Press, 1996)' Language and Literature. 8(1), 78-81
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1997. 'Review: Lesley Jeffries' The Language of Twentieth Century Poetry (Macmillan, 1993) Language and Literature. 6(1),
  • JACKSON, H. & STOCKWELL, P.J., 1996. An Introduction to the Nature and Functions of Language Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes.
  • LITTLEWOOD, D. & STOCKWELL, P.J., ed., 1996. Impossibility Fiction: Alternativity, Extrapolation, Speculation Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1996. 'New wor(l)ds' UCE Papers in Language and Literature. 3,
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1995. 'Review: Carter and McCarthy's Language as Discourse (Longman, 1994)' Language and Literature. 4(1),
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1994. 'How to create universes with words: referentiality and science fictionality' Journal of Literary Semantics. 23(3), 159-87
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1994. 'Bad language: towards a poetics of ineptitude' UCE Papers in Language and Literature. 1, 47-57
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1994. 'To be or not to be a phagocyte: procedures of reading metaphors'. In: SELL, R. AND VERDONK, P., ed., Literature and the New Interdisciplinarity: Poetics, Linguistics, History Rodopi. 65-78
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1992. 'The metaphorics of literary reading' Liverpool Papers in Language and Discourse. 4, 52-80
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1992. 'George and the big Baghdad dragon: metaphors of the Gulf War' Liverpool Papers in Language and Discourse. 3,
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1992. 'Do androids dream of electric sheep? Isomorphic relations in reading science fiction' Language and Literature. 1(2), 79-99
  • SHAW, P. & STOCKWELL, P.J., ed., 1991. Subjectivity and Literature from the Romantics to the Present Day: Creating the Self London: Pinter.
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1991. 'Language, knowledge and the stylistics of science fiction'. In: SHAW, P. AND STOCKWELL, P.J., ed., Subjectivity and Literature from the Romantics to the Present Day Frances Pinter. 101-12
  • STOCKWELL, P.J., 1990. 'Scripts, frames and nuclear discourse in the Washington superpower summit, December 1987' Liverpool Papers in Language and Discourse. 2, 18-39

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