ISSN 1556-6757















Volume 3, Issue 1, 2011, ISSN 1948-5778

Seven Days Without a Pun Makes One Weak. Two Functions of Wordplay in Literature and Literary Theory.  Stefan Kjerkegaard

Wordplay occupies a significant position in several important conceptions and theories of literature principally because it has both a performative and a critical function in relation to language and cognition. This article describes the various uses and understandings of wordplay and their origins in its unique flexibility, which involves an interaction between a semiotic deficit and a semantic surplus. Furthermore, the article illustrates different methods of incorporating theories of wordplay into literature and literary theory, and, finally, it demonstrates the ways in which the use of wordplay often leads to the use of metaphors and figurative language. Full Article


Women, Marriage and Economy in Jane Eyre
Ya-huei Wang

This paper describes how Charlotte Bronte uses Jane Eyre as a conduct book to describe basic virtues that women should have and to criticize the marriage of convenience, declaring that only qualities of mind prove what a woman is really worth. Conduct books criticize the notion of female bodies as objects, tending to train women to be submissive so as not to dominate others through their appearance or body. It is through her mind that Jane Eyre, a governess who has no social status, no money, and little beauty, can become a woman that a man like Rochester would marry. Full Article


Schema Theory and the Language of Fear in Leila Abouzeid’s Novel Year of the Elephant       Ahmed Fakhri

Leila Abouzeid‟s Arabic novel Year of the Elephant is arguably one of the best known novels in modern Moroccan literature. Using insights from Schema Theory, the study focuses on the interpretation of various events that provoke fear and anxiety, a major theme in the novel. In particular, a sample of fear-provoking episodes are analyzed to show how the interface between information provided in the text and readers‟ variable background knowledge results in different interpretations of these episodes. The analysis is significant in two ways. First, the potential for multiple interpretations identified can serve to account for the text‟s appeal to various readers. Second, the analysis highlights the value of the linguistic stylistics approach adopted for determining the role of culture-specific knowledge in understanding the narratives of other literary traditions.  Full Article