Constructing a text world for The Handmaid’s Tale

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Abstract

This chapter explores the benefits of Cognitive Grammar (Langacker 1987, 1991, 2008) for analysis of the dynamic process of world-building during literary reading. Building on the account of this process offered by Text World Theory (Gavins 2007) concepts from Cognitive Grammar are applied to account for the readerly experience of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale (1985). Through this analysis, the chapter offers an account of the disrupted conceptualisation of its dystopian world and the distinctive 'mind style' of its narrator in psychologically realistic terms.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationLinguistic Approaches to Literature
EditorsChloe Harrison, Louise Nuttall, Peter Stockwell, Wenjuan Yuan
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing
Pages83-100
Number of pages18
Volume17
ISBN (Electronic)9789027270566
ISBN (Print)9789027234049
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCognitive Grammar in Literature
Volume17
ISSN (Print)1569-3112

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Cognitive Grammar
Margaret Atwood
Literary Reading
Ronald W. Langacker
Conceptualization
Narrator
Handmaid's Tale

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Nuttall, L. (2014). Constructing a text world for The Handmaid’s Tale. In C. Harrison, L. Nuttall, P. Stockwell, & W. Yuan (Eds.), Linguistic Approaches to Literature (Vol. 17, pp. 83-100). [Chapter 6] (Cognitive Grammar in Literature; Vol. 17). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1075/lal.17.06nut
Nuttall, Louise. / Constructing a text world for The Handmaid’s Tale. Linguistic Approaches to Literature. editor / Chloe Harrison ; Louise Nuttall ; Peter Stockwell ; Wenjuan Yuan. Vol. 17 Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing, 2014. pp. 83-100 (Cognitive Grammar in Literature).
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