Language, Context, and Text: Aspects of Language in a by M. A. K. Halliday, Ruqaiya Hasan, Frances Christie

By M. A. K. Halliday, Ruqaiya Hasan, Frances Christie

This research offers with the linguistic examine of texts as a fashion of knowing how language features in its immensely various variety of social contexts. The authors undertake a sensible method of language, during which the various registers or practical types of a language are defined by way of connection with different contexts during which they happen. Their research unearths how, at the one hand, each one textual content is exclusive, whereas at the different, the way in which a textual content is equipped and the categories of coherence it monitors are heavily regarding where and the worth that it has in its social and cultural surroundings.

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It may be blithe to suggest that those who look at the Gothic from the perspective of consistent revival, or who consider its presence in literature as part of a broader nostalgia, tend to see a more, ‘seemingly obvious’ Gothic in the stylised popular underworlds of ‘Sunnydale’ and ‘Elm Street’. In a sense, the postmodern audience that has popularised such texts is not looking for presence of an ‘authentic’ Gothic aesthetic based on terror and instead opts for what Botting refers to as ‘pick n’ mix interpretations’ of the Gothic (Botting 36 Gothic-postmodernism: Voicing the Terrors of Postmodernity 2001, 142), avoiding meaning and seeking out acceptable figures of horror which function as titillating exercises in reassurance (Botting 2001, 134).

While Burke would probably disagree on one or two minute details, holding it to be a conduit for a sublime experience that is somewhat diminished by the aspect of safety and distance that is inherent in the concept, Radcliffe espouses the view that terror, because of its obscurity, has the ability to arouse and stimulate the sublime faculties of the imagination. Unlike horror, which causes the imagination to recoil and shrink with fear, terror merely hints at the evil and the grotesque and opens up a space for fundamental human curiosity, and ontological enquiry.

V. shows, movies and novels that have already been mentioned; one that is much closer to Gothic/ Romantic philosophy. Goth culture acknowledges the Gothic as an all-too-often misinterpreted mode of literature and insightfully respects the Gothic as a mode which has at its core a preoccupation with sublime experience encountered through the overwhelming emotion of terror, anticipating its return as a dominant mode in contemporary art. So what now of the return of the Gothic to contemporary literature?

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