Hemingway, American Fiction, Stylistics.
Paul Bird 特任講師
Current research is focused on the relationship between discourse and the reader in relation to American fiction writing. I am conducting an analysis of the means by which readers attribute meaning to texts, and, specifically; how non-native speakers’ comprehension of written English may benefit from an understanding of the process by which we native speakers acquire meaning from written discourse.
This present research incorporates aspects of philosophy, cognitive linguistics, and literary theory to analyse the complex relationship between the construction of the author’s prose and the reader’s interpretation and understanding of that construction.
The process by which native speakers acquire meaning is in itself a development of the context of a broader cultural knowledge, but as for non-native speakers, how might the process they use to interpret prose to differ? This research offers a comparative analysis of the writings of Hemingway and a selection of genre fiction and explores how understanding and meaning is be obtained from these varied sources of American literature. In particular, it proposes to develop a theory of how writers develop a written style, and discuss the implications of style on the process of reading and comprehension. This will in turn assist learners of English to grasp an understanding of written discourse in fiction, with implications for further language acquisition.
This research has implications in education for learners of English who wish to develop better reading comprehension and, furthermore, a cultural understanding of English in its written form. Additionally, it will serve as a reflective process where learners are encouraged to question their own understanding of meaning and apply this to other fictional texts.