Relevans i litteratur En relevansteoretisk undersökning av Johannes Anyurus De kommer att drunkna i sina mödrars tårar

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion

Sammanfattning: This essay aims to show how Relevance Theory from the Philosophy of Language can be used in literary analysis.The integration of Literary Theory and Relevance Theory has high value in that it raises the status of fiction andliterature in the eyes of Philosophy of Language, giving it the same communicative power as other language userather than discarding it to the realm of pretense or untruthfulness. As this thus could raise the status of LiteraryCriticism and integrate all forms of language under a single model, it is a highly motivated field of research, arguablyin both disciplines. As this field of research is still highly unexplored, the method used is experimental – if literaryanalysis is conducted on the basis of an ostensive-inferential model for communication, will the results be fruitful?Thus the conclusion of this essay is of speculative nature. The essay uses concepts from Relevance Theory such asinternal and external relevance, echoic language use, poetic effects, and cognitive effect to examine the narrativeperspective, imagery and function of references in Johannes Anyuru’s contemporary novel De kommer att drunkna isina mödrars tårar, in order to expose the structures of relevance leading the reader’s interpretation of the novel. Inits conclusion, the essay finds the combination of Relevance Theory and Literary Criticism to be appealing; althoughRelevance Theory does not bring much novelty in method of interpretation, it provides an interesting model for howand why the reader interprets the text in certain ways. The larger question remains largely unanswered but the essaygives hope for positive results from further study.

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