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Parallelism: A Stylistic Device in Sarah Kane’s Cleansed
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
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2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Literature differs from other types of texts because it tends to use certain stylistic devices more frequently. Among these, parallelism has an important role, because it is very common. Parallelism means that identical or similar words, grammatical constructions, or phonological features occur in the same or adjacent lines in the text. In the present work the occurrence and function of lexical, phonological, syntactic and syntagmatic parallelism in the play Cleansed are examined. Cleansed was written by Sarah Kane and was staged in 1998 at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Parallelism is a common stylistic device in Cleansed. The effect of parallelism is that it contributes to emphasis and coherence to textual passages. In addition, parallelism has a poetic function, as it makes the language formulations themselves prominent. Particularly common forms of parallelism in Cleansed are repetitions of single words, like for instance anaphors in stage directions and repetition of expressions. By repeating words and expressions, or by alliteration, emphasis is given to particular parts of the text, and repetition of identical or similar items also creates coherence.  

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2008. , 23 p.
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Parallelism, style, emphasis, coherence, poetic function, theatre
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8232OAI: diva2:199858
2008-06-02, 00:00
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2008-09-24 Created: 2008-09-24 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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