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Author MacKenzie, Ian, 1954-

Title Paradigms of reading : relevance theory and deconstruction / Ian MacKenzie.

Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

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 UniM Bail  808 MACK    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 237 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-231) and index.
Contents 1 Pragmatic Banality and Honourable Bigotry 1 -- Synopsis 6 -- Honourable bigotry 11 -- 2 Relevance Theory and Spoken Communication 16 -- Linguistic underdetermination 17 -- Ostension, inference, intentions and relevance 18 -- Implicatures, vagueness and poetic effects 22 -- Metaphor and irony, description and interpretation 25 -- 3 'Positive Hermeneutics': Relevance and Communication 29 -- Hermeneutic tradition 33 -- Communicative intentions 36 -- Epidemiology of representations 41 -- Reader as supplement 44 -- 4 'Negative Hermeneutics': Themes, Figures, Codes and Cognition 47 -- Unconscious identities 48 -- Reading and time 50 -- Canonicity 53 -- Codes and inference 55 -- Carvers and modellers 60 -- 5 Words, Concepts and Tropes 62 -- Nouns and concepts 65 -- Metaphor, truth, lies, realistic assumptions and surplus value 69 -- Numbers 74 -- Dead metaphors and catachreses 76 -- 6 Rhetoric as an Insurmountable Obstacle 84 -- 'What's the difference?', 'Son of a bitch!' and catastrophic confusions 86 -- Rhetoric and aesthetics 90 -- Tropes and persuasion 95 -- Irony 98 -- Resistance to language 101 -- 7 Words and the World: The Problem of Reference 107 -- Being and becoming 108 -- Concepts, metaphors, catachreses and reference 112 -- Reference and ideology 115 -- 'Ich kann nicht sagen was ich nur meine' 118 -- Reference and application 126 -- 8 Mechanical Performatives 131 -- Purloined ribbon 133 -- Excuses, fictions and machines 138 -- Paul de Man's war 146 -- 9 Madness of Words and the Enunciating Subject 152 -- Fallacy of the active sign 153 -- From intentional subjects to inhuman language 157 -- Arbitrary signifiers and accountable authors 166 -- Dialogism and ventriloquism 170 -- 10 'When Lucy ceas'd to be' 176 -- Wordsworth's use of rock and roll 177 -- Wordsworth's murderous spirit 180 -- Lucy and Freud 182 -- Lucy as metaphor 186 -- From beyond the grave 188 -- Miller's tale 190 -- 11 Relevance and Rhetoric 196.
Summary Linguistic signs do not coincide with intended or interpreted meanings. For relevance theory, this theoretical commonplace merely demonstrates the inferential nature of language. For Paul de Man, on the contrary, it suggested that language is unstable, random, arbitrary, mechanical, ironic and inhuman. This book seeks to show that relevance theory is a more plausible account of communication, cognition and literary interpretation than the deconstructionist theory de Man elaborated from readings of Rousseau, Hegel, and Nietzsche.
Subject Rhetoric.
Relevance.
Hermeneutics.
Reference (Linguistics)
Communication.
ISBN 0333968336 (cloth)