Stylistics, criticism and mythrepresentation again: squaring the circle with Ray Mackay's subjective solution for all problems

Mick Short, Donald C. Freeman, Willie van Peer, Paul Simpson

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Abstract

This article is a response to an article by Ray Mackay (1996) which constitutes an attack on stylistic analysis in general, and the writings of the above authors and Ron Carter in particular. Mackay's article (in Language and Communication) accuses stylistics of 'scientificness' and claims that its attempt to provide objective analyses of literary texts is futile.1 We suggest that Mackay has misrepresented what stylisticians have said about objectivity, and that his understanding of objectivity, science and the nature of text-interpretative argument is seriously flawed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-50
Number of pages12
JournalLanguage and Literature
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Linguistics and Language

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