Chick Lit: The Stylistics of Cappuccino Fiction by Rocio Montoro

By Rocio Montoro

In fresh occasions, Chick Lit has risen to a definite point of prominence. this is often the 1st booklet size research that appears into the unique good points of this much-discussed genre.

Chick Lit is tested in terms of its linguistic peculiarities and their function so far as narrative, sociological and feminist matters are involved, among others. Montoro's stylistics contains a cognitive slant that highlights futher readerly facets of the texts.

The procedure illuminates how the style works, and the way it really is set except others. during this recognize, the stylistics of chick lit is known in its contect of construction and reception. Montoro evaluates studying techniques and investigates readers' responsive angle to the genre.

This interdisciplinary paintings explores the limits of the stylistics of chick lit and works reflectively, how exploring this style may also help the twofold objective of trying out latest types of linguistic and cognitive research. it will likely be crucial analyzing for these attracted to state of the art stylistics.

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A further way of indicating irregularity is realized by the different font size (Diamonds and Daisies and The Undomestic Goddess) and different weight of the various words in the title (The Undomestic Goddess). On other occasions, it is the mixture of capital and small letters (Diamonds and Daisies and Conversations with the Fat Girl), or even the use of a different colour for each letter in the title (Pants on Fire) that create irregularity. In sum, if there is one prolifically used distinctive feature in the corpus, it can be said to be this particular one.

Following this, phonemes are not to be seen as ‘the minimal, not further analysable units of speech, but as “bundles of features”, different combinations of “distinctive features” such as “voicedness”, “frontality”, “openness” and so on’ (van Leeuwen, 2006: 147). Van Leeuwen proposes to view typographical variants in the same light, so that these distinctive features are to be understood, first, as inherently defining, that is, they can be used to make typographical variants apart. Second, though, each formal feature should equally be viewed as capable of signifying, because they form part of ‘bundles’ and function when mixed with others.

Indd 38 30/03/2012 11:25 The Packaging 39 to be particularly upright either. Curvature is, nonetheless, the most defining characteristic of the title as the bulging parts of the two capital letters ‘D’ are over-exaggerated. Curvature is, however, also prominent because of entasis, defined by van Leeuwen as the ‘difference in thickness and thinness within letters’ (van Leeuwen, 2005a: 28). This is a term borrowed from architecture where it refers to the curvature given to the shaft of a column to correct the optical illusion of concavity.

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