Tag: terry pratchett

What is literature?

Literature, s. learning, skill in letters. Dr Johnson’s 1755 Dictionary This definition of ‘literature’ provided by Dr Johnson was penned in the middle of the eighteenth century. Here he is as played by Robbie Coltrane in the third Blackadder series: This is such a clever episode, and it’s one of my favourites. The line which makes me…

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Speech and Thought Representation in Terry Pratchett’s ‘Going Postal’

    The following is an excerpt from chapter two of my MA thesis, Stylistics and the Form/Content Dichotomy. The stars (*****) represent the places where I’ve removed chunks of the text in order to create something suitable for a blog post. The Speech and Thought Continuum is reproduced below with an example from each of the categories…I hope…

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Three Spark Novels Covered

We all know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, and we all do it nevertheless. Of course we do. So much so, in fact, that the cover design is now recognised as part of the narratology of a book: the ‘layout and illustration of a book’s cover and the design of…

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