The Stylistics and Discourse Analysis (S&DA) Reading Group was founded in January 2013 to enhance and facilitate interdisciplinary discussion and potential networking among PG students in various areas of stylistics and discourse analysis.
We meet every fortnight and usually discuss selected papers, testing the effectiveness of their approaches on literary and non-literary texts.
The group is open to members of staff as well and also incorporates some workshop-based meetings.
Approaching the Historical: A Symposium on Early Modern and Medieval Stylistics (SEMMS)
Lizzie is a third-year PhD student. She takes a cognitive-poetic and linguistic approach to literature. In particular she is interested in the ways in which horror fiction creates anxiety, fear, and disgust, and how it can also be cathartic. She has also worked with asylum seekers and immigrants to explore the poetry of refugees, and the ways in which their writing enacts and conveys their experiences.
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Arwa’s a PhD candidate in her final year whose work in cognitive poetics takes her into dystopian fiction. She is interested not only in the cognitive poetics of dark worlds, but also in the ways that readers recount their own experiences of being immersed in those fictions, and whether their personal traits and experiences affect those readings. Thus her thesis focuses on a qualitative approach to reader responses to dystopia. Her main research interests lie in dystopia, popular culture, narratology and cognitive poetics.
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Katrina is a PhD researcher studying characterization in the Old English Esther, composed by Ælfric near the year AD 1000. She is interested in exploring how the author uses language to create characters that are relatable and understandable to his Anglo-Saxon audience, as well as in the discourse structure of sacred texts. She is also fascinated by the question of how literature can still be understood and beloved by readers that are distantly removed from its creation in time and/or space. Her main research interests are in stylistics, particularly characterization and corpus-based methods, and in the Bible and Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England.
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Kim-Sue’s doctoral research investigates how the direction of contentious discourses changes over time. Her research uses a corpus-cognitive perspective and particularly draws on collocation and collocational networks, embodiment, Cognitive Grammar, and Text World Theory to investigate how more subtle aspects of discourse production and comprehension are linked to ideological construals. This work will also be underpinned by eye-tracking studies.
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Benedict is developing a theoretical model of text understanding and a reader’s background knowledge. Utilizing recent advances in neurosciences he hopes to explain the phenomenon of reader expectations and genre definitions. Building upon such specific knowledge, as well as general embodied knowledge, the ultimate goal is to arrive at a more clear definition of what background knowledge a reader might have. Drawing upon the works of van Dijk and Kintsch, Sanford and Emmott and more recently Barsalou, he hopes to provide a detailed description of a literary “situation” and its impact in the understanding process. Bringing together a more exact analysis of activated background knowledge with the detailed contents of situated understanding will lead to a strong explanatory basis for text understanding and interpretation.
Bernardo is an MA student who is interested in exploring the language of essayism in modernist and postmodernist prose. Drawing on rhetoric, the psycholinguistics of text processing and cognitive stylistics, he proposes to research the experience of reading essays and how this texture can be replicated in fictional prose resulting in what has been loosely termed 'essayistic' fiction.
Email Benedict Neurohr if you are interested in joining the group or simply to ask for further information.
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