Contrastive literature: a study of multiliteralism in historical English and Japanese

Runner, Jacob Wayne (2020) Contrastive literature: a study of multiliteralism in historical English and Japanese. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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This thesis is conceptually positioned at the intersection of Comparative Literature Studies, Semiotics, and Narratology. It examines the emblematic values of script choice in narrative writing that simultaneously employs multiple sets of discursive linguistic symbols. As specific case studies, the thesis contrasts text corpora from the radically distinct transhistorical contexts of Old English narrative poetry transcribed in the Latin alphabet and runic characters, and of Modern Japanese fiction which makes concurrent use of four scripts. It argues that in writing situations which exhibit this kind of heightened multiliteral awareness, the graphic choice of script in and of itself can operate as an auxiliary semiotic vehicle for associative meaning creation and emotive expression.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Oergel, Maike
Lee, Christina
Keywords: Comparative Literature, Japanese, English, script, orthography, semiotics, narratology
Subjects: P Language and literature > PN Literature (General)
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
Item ID: 61219
Depositing User: Runner, Jacob
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2023 11:31
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2023 04:30

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