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Nega­tion, expec­ta­tion and ide­ol­o­gy in writ­ten texts: a tex­tu­al and com­mu­nica­tive per­spec­tiveBuchcover
Dur­ing an elec­tion cam­paign in 2008, Ken Liv­ing­stone said to a news­pa­per reporter “this elec­tion is not a joke”. By doing so, he intro­duced an expec­ta­tion into the dis­course that some­one does, in fact, think it is a joke.
This book explores how it is that say­ing what is not the case com­mu­ni­cates some­thing about what is. Bring­ing togeth­er a focus on text with cog­ni­tive and prag­mat­ic approach­es, a case is made for an appli­ca­tion of lin­guis­tic nega­tion as a tool of analy­sis. This tool is used to explore the ide­o­log­i­cal impli­ca­tions of pro­ject­ing or reflect­ing read­er­ly expec­ta­tions. This book con­tributes to the grow­ing field of Crit­i­cal styl­is­tics and aims to add to the range of styl­is­tic insights which anchor the analy­sis of dis­course to a con­sid­er­a­tion of the nuances of lan­guage choice.
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Lit­er­a­ture for a chang­ing plan­etBuchcover
Why we must learn to tell new sto­ries about our rela­tion­ship with the earth if we are to avoid cli­mate cat­a­stro­phe
Read­ing lit­er­a­ture in a time of cli­mate emer­gency can some­times feel a bit like fid­dling while Rome burns. Yet, at this turn­ing point for the plan­et, sci­en­tists, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, and activists have wok­en up to the pow­er of sto­ries in the fight against glob­al warm­ing. In Lit­er­a­ture for a Chang­ing Plan­et, Mar­tin Puch­n­er ranges across four thou­sand years of world lit­er­a­ture to draw vital lessons about how we put our­selves on the path of cli­mate change—and how we might change paths before it’s too late.
From the Epic of Gil­gamesh and the West African Epic of Sun­ja­ta to the Com­mu­nist Man­i­festo, Puch­n­er reveals world lit­er­a­ture in a new light—as an archive of envi­ron­men­tal exploita­tion and a prod­uct of a way of life respon­si­ble for cli­mate change. Lit­er­a­ture depends on mil­len­nia of inten­sive agri­cul­ture, urban­iza­tion, and resource extrac­tion, from the clay of ancient tablets to the sil­i­con of e‑readers. Yet lit­er­a­ture also offers pow­er­ful ways to change atti­tudes toward the envi­ron­ment. Puch­n­er uncov­ers the eco­log­i­cal think­ing behind the idea of world lit­er­a­ture since the ear­ly nine­teenth cen­tu­ry, pro­pos­es a new way of read­ing in a warm­ing world, shows how lit­er­a­ture can help us rec­og­nize our shared human­i­ty, and dis­cuss­es the pos­si­ble futures of sto­ry­telling.
If we are to avoid envi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter, we must learn to tell the sto­ry of humans as a species respon­si­ble for glob­al warm­ing. Filled with impor­tant insights about the fun­da­men­tal rela­tion­ship between sto­ry­telling and the envi­ron­ment, Lit­er­a­ture for a Chang­ing Plan­et is a clar­i­on call for read­ers and writ­ers who care about the fate of life on the plan­et.
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