Literary pragmatics and stylistics
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News Item Men seldom make passes At girls who wear glasses.At first glance, the reader whose eyes fall upon this page may wonder at the short bit of text presented above. The words ‘News Item’ might seem to suggest a blurb in a periodical of some sort, whereas the format of the text – in particular the line breaks – might lead some to speculate whether this is an aphorism or even a poem. Given that this is a chapter bearing the title ‘Literary Pragmatics and Stylistics’ in a handbook on stylistics, you are likely to try to infer what I, the author, hope to convey through this example. If you had instead encountered this same text in a different context – for example, in the sidebar of a women’s magazine or in the collection of writings from author and humorist Dorothy Parker, in which I found it – the effect might have been somewhat different. The area of study that focuses on exactly these communicative dimensions of literary encounters is called literary pragmatics; how the interactions between producer, recipient and text are manoeuvred in various ways through linguistic choice is the matter of a closely related field, pragmatic stylistics.