Foregrounding Techniques in the Yellow Dog by Martin Amis

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Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
Ivan Franko National University of Lviv

The English Philology Department

Syntactical Peculiarities of Postmodernist Text
(based on the novel “Angels and Insects” by A.S. Byatt)

Diploma paper
presented by CULKA BUHRABAR, a 5th year student
of the English Philology Department;
scientific advisor I. A. Bekhta, Dr. Sc.,
professor of the English Philology Dpt

LVIV – 2009
CONTENTS
Introduction ………………………………………………………………………3

Chapter 1. THEORETICAL FOUNDATION OF THE POSTMODERNIST DISCOURSE ………………………...……………………………………………9

1. The linguistic interpretation of the term of postmodernism ……………..9

2. The Postmodernist World View …………………………………….......10

3. The Philosophy of Post structuralism …………………………………..13

1.3.1. Text as the unit of intercultural communication………………………19 1.3 2. Textuality ............................................................................................21 1.3.3. Intertextuality..........................................................................................22

4. The syntax of the English postmodernist text...........................................24

1.4.1. Text syntax of the English postmodernist novel.....................................28 1.4.2. Sentence structure of the English postmodernist text............................33

Chapter 2. SYNTATCTICAL PECULIARITIES OF THE NOVEL ‘ANGELS AND INSECTS’ by A. S. BYATT……………………………………………. .38

2.1. Text Syntax of ‘Angels and Insects’ by A.S. Byatt…………………..39 2.2. Sentence syntax of the novel ‘Angels and Insects’…...………………44

CONCLUSION ………………………………………………………………….53

РЕЗЮМЕ ………………………………………………………………………..55

LIST OF REFERENCES ……………………………………………………….56

SUPPLEMET……………………………………………………………………59

INTRODUCTION

The second half of the XX century is defined as the Postmodern Era in the development of civilization. It has been singled out into a separate period because of certain changes in human thought, world view and mode of living. The world has changed much since the beginning of the twentieth century – there has occurred a rapid development in contemporary technology which revolutionized our way of thinking. Postmodern literature, like postmodernism as a whole, is hard to define and there is little agreement on the exact characteristics, scope, and importance of postmodern literature. However, unifying features often coincide with Jean-François Lyotard’s concept of the ‘meta-narrative’ and ‘little narrative,’ Jacques Derrida’s concept of ‘play,’ and Jean Baudrillard’s ‘simulacra.’ For example, instead of the modernist quest for meaning in a chaotic world, the postmodern author eschews, often playfully, the possibility of meaning, and the postmodern novel is often a parody of this quest. This distrust of totalizing mechanisms extends even to the author; thus postmodern writers often celebrate chance over craft and employ metafiction to undermine the author's ‘univocal’ control (the control of only one voice). The distinction between high and low culture is also attacked with the employment of pastiche, the combination of multiple cultural elements including subjects and genres not previously deemed fit for literature. A list of postmodern authors often varies; the following are some names of authors often so classified, most of them belonging to the generation born in the interwar period: William Burroughs (1914-1997), Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), John Barth (b. 1930), Donald Barthelme (1931-1989), Robert Coover (1932), Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937), A. S. Byatt (b. 1936) [2, p. 127-129]. Antonia Susan Drabble was born on 24 August 1936 in the sooty steel town of Sheffield, Yorkshire, the eldest of the four...
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