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Dramatic Discourse: Dialogue as Interaction in Plays

Dramatic Discourse: Dialogue as Interaction in Plays
Author: Vimala Herman
ISBN 13: 9780415082419
ISBN 10: 415082412
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 1995-12-08
Format: Library Binding
Pages: 344
List Price: $190.00

Whilst poetry and fiction have been subjected to extensive linguistic analysis, drama has long remained a neglected field for detailed study. Vimala Herman argues that drama should be of particular interest to linguists because of its form, dialogue and subsequent translation into performance. The subsequent interaction that occurs on stage is a rich and fruitful source of analysis and can be studied by using discourse methods that linguists employ for real-life interaction. Shakespeare, Pinter, Osborne, Beckett, Chekhov, and Shaw are just some of the dramatists whose material is drawn upon.
Each chapter contains a theoretical section in which major concepts of each framework are explained before the relevance of the framework to dramatic discourse is analyzed and explored using textual examples. This book will be of interest to undergraduates and postgraduates studying in the areas of literary linguistics and stylistics, or anyone specialising in the relationship between the text and performance.


Herman (English, U. of Nottingham) augments linguistic studies with this examination of dramatic dialogue in the work of Shakespeare, Pinter, Chekhov, Shaw, and Beckett. Each dramatist is critiqued within theoretical frameworks of ethnography, conversation analysis, and pragmatics, leading inevitably to an exploration of dramatic incidences of intimacy, conflict, power and gender. These discussions highlight the rich resource of dialogue as an area of linguistic analysis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)