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Persistent FormsExplorations in Historical Poetics$
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Ilya Kliger and Boris Maslov

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264858

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264858.001.0001

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Metapragmatics, Toposforschung, Marxist Stylistics

Metapragmatics, Toposforschung, Marxist Stylistics

Three Extensions of Veselovsky’s Historical Poetics

(p.128) Chapter 4 Metapragmatics, Toposforschung, Marxist Stylistics
Persistent Forms

Boris Maslov

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This contribution comments on three of Veselovsky’s theoretical insights (pertaining to genre theory, motif migration, and the socio-psychological nature of style), each time considering them in light of more recent theoretical developments. In particular, the perspective of Michael Silverstein’s linguistic anthropology helps to shed light on cross-culturally dispersed varieties of text (corresponding to the familiar division between epic, drama, and lyric), thus delimiting and adumbrating the domain of the properly historical consideration of genre. The second case study focuses on different theorizations of inherited elements of discourse (motif, topos) in Veselovsky and Curtius. Finally, the issue of a worldview’s formal correlates, important in Soviet Marxist stylistics, is tackled with reference to the use of free indirect discourse in Pushkin’s Bronze Horseman.

Keywords:   free indirect discourse, genre, metapragmatics, motif, stylistics

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