Stylistics versus close-reading: - Close reading emphasizes the difference. - Stylistics emphasizes the connections. - Stylistics makes a greater claim to scientific objectivity than does close reading. Terms & technicalities of both Stylistics and close-reading. - Close reading uses lay-person terms like: “Irony” “Paradox” “Ambiguity” - Stylistics use specialized technical terms like: “Under-Lexicalisation” Lack of an adequate set of words to express specific concepts. “Collocation” A term which refers to the habitual or expected co-occurrence of words. “Cohesion” It’s about ‘Lexical items’ (words) which cross the boundaries between sentences, binding them together into one single continuous utterance. The ambitions of Stylistics: - Stylisticians try to provide “hard” data to support existing “intuitions”. - Stylisticians suggest new interpretations of literary works based on linguistic evidence. - Stylisticians attempt to establish general points about how literary meanings are made. What Stylistic critics do: - Describing technical aspects of language in the text. - The purpose of that description. - The goal of these technical accounts. - Other uses of Stylistic.