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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Critical Stylistics

The Power of English

ISBN 9780333964484
Publication Date January 2010
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Perspectives on the English Language

How does language affect us? Critical Discourse Analysis provides a general theory of the impact that texts can have on readers. Stylistics provides detailed tools of analysis for understanding how texts work. This book combines these strengths to uncover the deep-seated ideologies of everyday texts.

LESLEY JEFFRIES is Professor of English Language at the University of Huddersfield.  She was Chair of the Poetics and Linguistics Association from 2007 to 2009 and is the author of books including Discovering Language: The Structure of Modern English (Palgrave 2006) and Textual Construction of the Female Body (Palgrave 2007).

The Background to Critical Stylistics
Naming and Describing
Representing Actions/Events/States
Equating and Contrasting
Exemplifying and Enumerating
Implying and Assuming
Presenting Others' Speech and Thoughts
Representing Time, Space and Society
Appendix Commentaries on Exercises


'Critical Stylistics: The Power of English is perfectly pitched to meet the needs of students in courses such as English functional grammar, discourse analysis, stylistics, advanced composition and critical discourse analysis. Jeffries's book is a long needed synthesis of linguistic stylistics and critical discourse analysis; it provides excellent background reading for advanced research on such issues as negation, speech and thought presentation, systemic grammar, and presupposition.'- Donald E. Hardy, University of Nevada, USA
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