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Reading Beyond the Code: Literature and Relevance Theory

Terence Cave and Deirdre Wilson


This book explores the value for literary studies of relevance theory, an inferential approach to communication in which the expression and recognition of intentions plays a major role. Drawing on a wide range of examples from lyric poetry and the novel, nine of the ten chapters are written by literary specialists and use relevance theory both as an overall framework and as a resource for detailed analysis. The final chapter, written by the co-founder of relevance theory, reviews the issues addressed by the volume and explores their implications for cognitive theories of how communicative acts ... More

Keywords: relevance theory, literary study, communication, cognition, intentionality, inference, ostension, embodied cognition, sensorimotor imagination, code model

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198794776
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198794776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence Cave, editor
Emeritus Professor of French Literature, University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow, St John's College, Oxford

Deirdre Wilson, editor
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University College London (UCL) and Research Professor in Philosophy, IFIKK, University of Oslo