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Contextual Identities: A Comparative and Communicational Approach

Contextual Identities: A Comparative and Communicational Approach (Hardback)

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By bringing the concepts of "identity," "comparativism," and "communication" together, this volume invites a reinterpretation of these defining concepts of postmodernism. Composed of contributions from Australia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Romania and the Ukraine, this interdisciplinary and intercultural book investigates the multiple identities activated in broader discursive contexts. This collection of nineteen chapters opens with an introductory overview followed by two parts: the first, focusing on Plural identities and comparativism, contains a series of "case studies" that can be subsumed within imagology and comparativism; the second, Communication and discourse, illustrates two directions of research: literary communication and terminology. In spite of the methodological and thematic polyphony of its contributions, the volume adopts a unified and coherent tone. By integrating the study of contextual and discursive identities, this book will be of interest to all those involved in image and literary studies, in both linguistics and culture.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLanguages with Grant & CutlerLearning & Reference By SubjectSociolinguisticsLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesInterdisciplinary studies Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/06/2015 ISBN-13: 9781443876605  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Emilia Parpala is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Craiova, Romania. Her academic interests include stylistics, poetics, semiotics, imagology, and verbal communication. Her first book, Poetics of Tudor Arghezi: Semiotic Models and Text Types [in Romanian] (1984), pioneered the practice of generative poetics in Romania. Another book, Semiotic Poetry: The Generation of the Eighties [in Romanian] (1994), was based on the idea of isomorphism between theory and literary practice, and was reconsidered in the 14 articles of her volume Romanian Poetic Postmodernism: A Semio-pragmatic Perspective (2011), as a result of a research project she coordinated between 2009 and 2011. Professor Parpala is the author of four theoretical syntheses on stylistics (1998, 2005, 2006), poetics (1998), general semiotics (2007), and verbal communication (2009). Since 2008, she has coordinated an international conference in Craiova and edited nine volumes of proceedings. She has published more than 100 articles in scholarly journals both in Romania and abroad, and is the Vice-President of the Romanian Association for Semiotic Studies (ROASS) and a member of the Romanian Writers' Union. Leo Loveday has served as Graduate School Professor of Linguistics at the Faculty of Letters of Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, since 1991. He obtained his PhD in Sociolinguistics from Essex University in 1990. He is the author of three books: The Sociolinguistics of Learning and Using a Non-Native Language (1982); Pergamon: Explorations in Japanese Sociolinguistics (1986); and Language Contact in Japan (1996). His most recent publications include Five Innovative Strategies in Japanese Female Anthroponyms Today (2013) and The Proscription and Legitimisation of Names in Japan (2014). His current main areas of interest are socio-onomastics, the anthropology of identity and issues in cross-cultural politeness.

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