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Language of Suspense in Crime Fiction : A Linguistic Stylistic Approach (Hardcover) (Reshmi
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This book introduces readers to linguistic stylistic analysis and combines both literary and linguistic analysis to explore suspense in crime fiction. Employing critical linguistics, discourse analysis and functional grammar, the author demonstrates that suspense in plot-based stories is created through non-linear, causative presentation of the narrative. Chapters explore how plot sequence is manipulated to ensure the reader cannot resolve the order of events until the end of the tale. From two-dimensional circumstantial detection in mystery stories to three-dimensional re-evaluation of offender orientation, the author uses a linguistic-based stylistic framework to analyse offender motive. A ‘discourse-based’ frame analysis examines the plot structure of crime stories for micro context and set-up scenarios, demonstrating that it is the unravelling of these devices that becomes the actual suspense in murder mysteries and thrillers alike. Grammaticization of the offending-self reveals an embedded diegetic space in the offender engagement discourse, provoking an intellectual and affective response and reshaping our overall outlook of the crime in the story.
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Reshmi Dutta-flanders
Street Date: January 6, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-28-0603
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