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Cover of "Stylistics" featuring a collage of letters and fonts
December 1995

College or Unit:


A Practical Coursebook
Laura Wright
Jonathan Hope

Using a wide range of 20th century literary prose, Laura Wright and Jonathan Hope provide an "interactive" introduction to the techniques of stylistic analysis. Divided up into five sections — the noun phrase, the verb phrase, the clause, text structure and vocabulary — the book also provides an introduction to the basics of descriptive grammar for beginning students.

  • Presumes no prior linguistic knowledge
  • Provides a comprehensive glossary of terms
  • Adaptable: designed to be used in a variety of classroom contexts
  • Introduces students to an enormous range of 20th century literature from James Joyce to Roddy Doyle

A practical coursebook rather than a survey account of stylistics as a discipline, the book provides over 40 opportunities for hands-on stylistic analysis. For each linguistic feature under discussion the reader is offered a definition, a text for analysis, exercises and tasks in addition to a suggested solution. "Stylistics: A Practical Coursebook" is genuinely student-friendly and will be an invaluable tool for all beginning undergraduates and "A"-level students of language and literature.


Jonathan Hope is professor of English in literature at Arizona State University.