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Linguistic and Literary Theories in Reading

Edited By Feryal Cubukcu and Leyla Harputlu

The purpose of this book is to present to scholars, students and enthusiasts in the fields of literature and linguistics a way to study a text analytically. Reading is multi-faceted and shaped by contexts, participants, and technologies. The ways of reading tackled most enthusiastically in this book are interpretations which show active involvement of readers: Each literary or linguistic approach can be compared to a window through which we see, grapple, comprehend, personalize and internalize the text, hence the world.
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Whenever a text is given to us, we try to use the interpretive strategies mentioned above, which apply to all discourse as well as literary texts. The ways of reading we have tackled most enthusiastically in this book are all sorts of interpretations, which show active engagement ways of readers. Each literary or linguistic approach can be compared to a window through which we see, grapple, comprehend, personalize and internalize the text, hence the world. Each approach lends itself to a more detailed insight and pespective into the text.

Conceived in that way, a text’s comprehension might be different for readers; moreover, the meanings and theories might vary. What readers get from the text may not be a true or accurate way of understanding or interpreting the text. We ascribe meanings to the text depending upon our schema, experience, background, beliefs, values, attitudes, interest and intention. Besides, we read differently for each text as well. Different kinds of reading function as useful reference points for and counterbalances to one another in a larger picture of texts in letting readers make sense of and and respond to the world they live in.

In this post structuralist era, the motto is anything goes as long as it justifies the meaning. For Barthes, all language use is intertextual. People do not create, originate and devise language as languages are based on pre-established codes. A text is a multidimensional space in which a lot of meanings clash, blend,...

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