Huwebes, Marso 24, 2011

Stylistics Course Syllabus

Course: STYLISTICS  (LANGUAGE & LITERATURE)
Course Credit: 3 Units 

Course Content:
Study, description and analysis of various sample literary texts by the principles of
literary criticism as well as the principles of linguistic analysis. 45(T), C

Course Description:
The course focuses on the relationship between style and stylistics, the goal of stylistics
and the implications of context. Literary and linguistic ‘triggers’ for the interpretation of
literary and non-literary texts to be examined include morphology, speech sounds,
graphology, lexis, semantics, syntax, point of view, and pragmatics.

Course Objectives:
The main aim of the course is to make students appreciate and understand the functional
interpretation and construction of texts. At the end of the course, the students will be able
to:
· identify the principles and tools of stylistic analysis;
· describe the principles and tools of stylistic analysis;
· analyse texts beyond its formal features; and
· create various texts using the principles and tools of stylistic analysis.

Course Requirements:
This is a compulsory course for both Language and Literature students:
· Each student is expected to participate in all the course activities.
· A minimum of 75% attendance is required to qualify each student to write the
final examination.
· Students will be expected to answer the study questions and assignments.

LECTURES
Week 1: General introduction and the relationship between style and
stylistics
Objectives: *By the end of the class, students should be able to present an overview of
the field of stylistics
*By the end of the class, students should be able to explain the
relationship between style and stylistics
Description: The evolution of stylistics and its place among other branches of Linguistics
as well as literary criticism will be explained. The relationship between
style and stylistics will also be clarified.

Week 2: Some definitions and goal of stylistics; types of stylistics.
Objective: *By the end of the lesson, students should be able to explain the definitions of
stylistics, its goal and some of the various types of stylistics.
Description: Some of the definitions of stylistics, especially from its root, its goal, to
demonstrate functional interpretation, and some stylistic models will be
highlighted.

Week 3: Implications of context — (i) Dialect, Register and Time
(ii)Domain, Tenor and Mode
Objective: * By the end of the lesson, students should be able to identify language
variation according to user, use and time period as well as register
varieties i.e. domain, tenor and mode.
Description: The way in which language varies from one speaker to another, from one
situation to another and from one period to another will be taught via
extracts from poetry, pose and drama passages.

Week 4: Morphology, speech sounds and graphology in stylistic analysis
Objectives: * By the end of the class, students should be able to discuss the rudiments
of morphology, speech sounds and graphology to the students
* By the end of the class, students should be able to identify these tools in
discourses and be able to work out their functions
Description: Elements of morphology (e.g. coinages, compounding, blending), sound
patterns (e.g. alliteration consonance, assonance, onomatopoeia, rhyme,
rhythm), Graphology (e.g. punctuation, paragraphing, spacing, size of
print, etc.) will be explained and exemplified via extracts from passages.

Week 5: Lexis and Semantics in stylistic analysis
Objectives: * By the end of the class, students should be able to explain the rudiments
of lexis and semantics,
* Identify lexical and semantic activators in texts and be able to show
their functions.
Description: Lexico-semantic elements i.e. words and their meanings e.g. oxymoron,
reference, lexical ellipses and substitution, conjunction, collocates, synonym, antonym, holonym, hyponym, parts of speech, etc. will be
explained and exemplified via extracts from passages.

Week 6: Lexico-Syntactic Patterns in stylistic analysis
Objectives: * By the end of the class, students should be able to describe words,
phrases, clauses and sentences are used as prompters in stylistic analysis.
* Identify various types of lexico-syntactic
constructions and their functions in stylistic analysis.
Description: Lexico-syntactic constructions to be studied in sample texts
include anaphora, epiphora, symploce, personification, hyperbole, litotes,
irony, paradox, euphemism, asyndeton, polysyndeton.

Week 7: Foregrounding: Deviation and Repetition
Objectives: * By the end of the class, students should be able to explain the
foregrounding i.e. the psychological effect of deviation and repetition
* Emphasise ‘highlighting’ or ‘making prominent’ for specific effects
Description: The two main types of foregrounding i.e. deviation and repetition (e.g.
parallelism, anaphora, alliteration, rhyme, polyptoton) which strike the
reader’s attention as unusual will be studied through textual examples at
the morphological phonological, graphological, lexical, semantic and
syntactic levels.

Week 8: Point of view in discourse
Objective: * By the end of the class, students should be able to explain the concepts
and distinctions of point of view in discourse
Description: Using textual examples, the following will be examined: (i) addresses,
narrator, distance, etc. (ii) some linguistic indicators of point of view:
schema-oriented language, value-laden expressions, Given vs. New
information, deictic expressions, social deixis, indicators of characters’
thoughts or perceptions, event coding (Short, M. 1996)

Week 9: Dialogue and pragmatics
Objective: * By the end of the lesson, students should be able to identify pragmatics
in stylistic analysis
Description: Textual examples of the following elements will be identified and explained
along with their functions: participants and role relation, context, turn-taking, locution,
illocution, perlocutionary effects and non-verbal communication.

Week 10: A detailed look at poems
Objective: *By the end of the class, students should be able to recite, examine and
study some poems in detail
Description: Poems will be studied in relation to their meanings and effects.

Week 11: A detailed look at prose fiction and non-literary texts
Objective: * By the end of the class, students should be able to explain prose fiction
and non-literary texts in detail
Description: Prose fiction and non-literary texts will be studied in relation to their
meanings and effects.

Week 12: A detailed look at prose drama texts
Objective: * By the end of the class, students should be able to demonstrate drama
texts in detail
Description: Drama texts will be studied in relation to their meanings and effects.

Week 13: (a) Class test (b) class presentation (1)
Objective: By the end of the lesson, students should be able to explain the basic concepts
and techniques of stylistics and how to apply then to texts accurately.
Description: The students will be assessed on the topics taught and will
further be expected in groups to look for a poem to which they will apply
methods of stylistic analysis and be able to bring out the functional significance.

Week 14: Class presentation (2)
Objective: * By the end of the class, students should be able to demonstrate the
mastery of the basic concepts and techniques of stylistics and how to apply
then to texts accurately.
Description: The students will be expected in groups to look for a prose
passage or drama text to which they would apply methods of stylistic
analysis and be able to bring out the functional significance.

Adapted from:
Ms. Victoria A. Alabi
PhD, M.A., B.A.
www.unilorin.edu.ng/courseware/english/Courseware%20Dr...

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