The Importance Of Literary Communication In Literature

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The study is based on the assumption that literary style is paramount to literary communication and the meaning we derive out of a work of literature. Literary meaning cannot therefore be divorced from literary style. The purpose of the study is to examine how the style of masking communicates meaning in V.S. Naipaul’s collection of sketches, Miguel Street. The technique of masking is analyzed to show its aesthetic function in the text. The main objective of the study is to evaluate the text and show how the technique is used by the writer to communicate meaning and artistic vision. The rationale of the study is based on the recognition of Naipaul as one of the best world writers and more important that though his works have received extensive…show more content…
But on the other side there still remains the basic fact that without quantitative confirmation, statements on style lack the support of concrete evidence. Statistical analysis, therefore, becomes an essential and important tool in stylistic description. Style therefore consists of the choices that the writer makes from the repertoire of language; it basically falls in the domain of language use; for instance what choices are made by a particular writer in a particular text. In literature it is possible to distinguish between what the writer chooses to talk about and how he chooses to talk about it. The literary communication in literature is done through carefully selected diction. In literature, therefore, it is hard to separate style from meaning. This study examines how the style of masking used in Naipaul’s collection of literary sketches, Miguel Street communicates meaning. According to Halliday (1978) style plays a significant role in communicating meaning in literature. It is through the selected style that the deeper meaning of a work of literature can be…show more content…
According to Myers(1989) New Historicism is a literary theory based on the idea that literature should be studied and interpreted within the context of both the history of the author and the history of the critic. Based on the literary criticism of Stephen Greenblatt and influenced by the philosophy of Michel Foucault, New Historicism acknowledges not only that a work of literature is influenced by its author 's times and circumstances, but that the critic 's response to that work is also influenced by his environment, beliefs, and prejudices. A New Historicist looks at literature in a wider historical context, examining both how the writer 's times affected the work and how the work reflects the writer 's times, in turn recognizing that current cultural contexts color that critic 's conclusions. New Historicism, then, underscores the impermanence of literary criticism. Current literary criticism is affected by and reveals the beliefs of our times in the same way that literature reflects and is reflected by its own historical contexts. Mikics(2007) notes that Foucault’s idea that structures of thought shape everyone and everything within a culture did influence New historicism as a literary
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