Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University
Faculty of Arts
Department of English
1 , 2 , Summer Semester, 2015/2016
Course Syllabus
Module Code: 0120723
Module Title: Stylistics
Credit Hours: 3 Hours
Level: MA
Lecture Time: Wednesday ,4:00 -7:00
Prerequisite (s):
Co- requisite(s):
Lecturer's Name: Prof. Mohammad Asfour
Rank: Professor
Office Number: 404
Office Hours: Saturday 2:30-3:00 & Monday 2:00-3:30
Phone: +962-65152491 / 0785301618
E-mail: [email protected]
Course Coordinator: Prof. Mohammad Asfour
1. Course Description:
This is an interdisciplinary course which deals with some of the ways linguistics can be
used for analyzing literary texts. TEXT is the focus of this course and its domain. Its is in "text"
that we can study a homogeneous discourse and trace a specific use of language that reflects the
determinant elements of the context: the speaker/ writer, the recipients (readers/ listeners ), the
occasion which motivated the creation of the text, the intention of the speaker /writer, the
message, etc, Within the framework of text-context, style is studied in more detail and with a
more systematic attention to what words and structures can do in the process of forming TEXT
and injecting meanings into its structure. Stylistics will, then, explore the ways and means writers
opt for in the process of creating TEXT and charging it with the meanings that can, in their view,
best serve their purpose, express their beliefs, realize their goals, and display their attitudes and
In light of the above notions, the course will focus on approaches for analyzing literary texts with
emphasis on the role word order and choice of lexis and structure in a given text play in order to
convey the message intended. Further, such choices will be studied as reflections of the writer's
linguistic habits that derive from his / her view of the world. In a corpus of writings, there are
some characteristic uses of language which are capable of abstraction as STYLE
Philadelphia University
Faculty of Arts
Department of English
1 , 2 , Summer Semester, 2015/2016
2. Purpose of the Course:
The central aim of this course is to expose MA students to the analysis of literary texts,
investing their knowledge of linguistics, semantics, rhetoric, and pragmatics in the process of
negotiating a given text and unfolding its message and intention. In this regard , the analysis will
aim at enhancing the student's ability to adopt a qualitative and interpretive approach to
appreciating the writer's / speaker's style and the way he/she has chosen to say what he/she says in
the text. In this view, the analysis is not to be undertaken for its own sake—simply as an exercise
in describing what use is made of language—but in order for the study of style to explain the
relationship between language and linguistic function, language structures as chosen by a
particular writer on a particular occasion for a particular audience to convey a particular message.
Thus the domain of STYLISTICS will highlight in the first place the "why" and the "how" more
than the "what" in a given literary text. WHY does the author of a certain literary text choose to
express him- or herself in this particular way and HOW the lexical and structural choices he/she
has made have contributed to realizing his purpose.
3. Teaching Methods
Instruction in this course is partly lecture-based and partly interactive sessions wherein
students are expected to participate in discussions through texts assigned for reading and analysis.
In addition, each student will be required to prepare an assigned task to be presented in the
4. Course Components:
Reference book and literary works (see References below)
5. Intended Learning Outcomes:
a. cognition and analysis:
Students will be trained in qualitatively analyzing literary works and interpreting them
at both textual and contextual levels so that they can see language performing a
multitude of functions.
Philadelphia University
Faculty of Arts
Department of English
1 , 2 , Summer Semester, 2015/2016
b. communicative skills ( personal and academic)
By the end of the semester, the students are expected to be in a better position to express their
ideas and views related to the topics dealt with in the course. The analytical readings and
discussions are expected to enhance the students' speaking skill.
c. Practical and subject-specific skills (transferable skills):
The analytical techniques the students will use should enhance better understanding of how
language works. Students are also expected to benefit from such techniques in understanding the
grammar and lexis of English, and to acquire text-realizing tools.
6. Attendance and Participation:
Attendance is expected to be regular, and absence is treated with reference to the University's
policy on this matter. Student participation is essential.
7. Assessment:
Mid-term Exam:
Research Paper:
Final Exam:
20% to be submitted by the end of week 12.
8. Assignments:
 Peter Verdonk, Stylistics (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2002).
 Mick Short, Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays, and Prose (Harlow:
Pearson Education, 1996).
Week 1
Week 2
week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 8
Week 9
Introduction to the course
Verdonk, Chapter 1 + Short, Chapter 1
Eid Al-Adha Holiday
Verdonk, Chapter 2 + Short, Chapter 2
Verdonk, Chapter 3 + Short, Chapter 3
Verdonk, Chapter 4 + Short, Chapter 4
Verdonk, Chapter 5 + Short, Chapter 5
Verdonk, Chapter 6 + Short, Chapter 6
Verdonk, Chapter 7 + Short, Chapter 7
Philadelphia University
Faculty of Arts
Department of English
1 , 2 , Summer Semester, 2015/2016
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Midterm Examination
Verdonk, Readings + Short, Chapter 8
Short, Chapter 9
Short, Chapter 10
Short, Chapter 11
Short, Chapter 12
Final Examination
9. List of References:
Brown, G. and George Yule (1983). Discourse Analysis. London: OUP.
Fowler, Roger (1996). Linguistic criticism. London: OUP
Hynes, John (1995). Style. London: Longman.
Leech, G., and Michael Short (1981). Style in Fiction. London: Longman.
Mills, S. (1995). Feminist Stylistics. London: Routledge.
Murry, John Middleton (1922) The Problem of Style. London: OUP.
Weber, Jean Jacques, ed. (1996).The Stylistics Reader: From Roman Jakobson to the
Present. London: Arnold
Widdowson, H. G. (1975). Stylistics and the Teaching of Literature. London: Longman.