Defining the Elegiac Genre in the Anglo-Saxon World: an Analysis of Expressive Speech Acts

DSpace/Manakin Repository

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Buzzoni, Marina it_IT Caggiano, Mariateresa <1995> it_IT 2020-10-14 it_IT 2021-02-02T10:14:18Z 2021-02-02T10:14:18Z 2020-11-04 it_IT
dc.description.abstract Defining the genre 'elegy' in the Anglo-Saxon cultural horizon and at the same time delimiting the boundaries within which some Old English lyrical compositions might be grouped is a far from trivial operation. Indeed, contrary to the classical tradition where the elegiac meter – a dactylic hexameter verse followed by a dactylic pentameter- represents the distinctive element of the genre, the Anglo-Saxon poetry lacks a characterising meter for the elegies. Since the early nineteenth century scholars have been applying the word “elegy” to nine Old English poems found in the Exeter Book manuscript that have traditionally been treated as genre for their general sense of lament. The current study is part of this field of research and proposes a new attempt to delimit the elegy genre through a pragmatic analysis. In details, the “speech act theory" will be applied since it provides an interesting and productive new way of looking at the elegiac discourse. The analysis of speech acts will be conducted on two levels: at a micro-structural level, namely by focussing on individual illocutionary acts expressed in single sentences, and at a macro-structural level, by focussing on the so-called macro-speech acts, where it seems possible to recognise a global discourse illocutionary point together with a discourse illocutionary force. The identification of an expressive illocutionary force, in particular that of lamenting, at the macro level of speech will represent a possible demonstration of the elegiac nature of these compositions. it_IT
dc.language.iso en it_IT
dc.publisher Università Ca' Foscari Venezia it_IT
dc.rights © Mariateresa Caggiano, 2020 it_IT
dc.title Defining the Elegiac Genre in the Anglo-Saxon World: an Analysis of Expressive Speech Acts it_IT
dc.title.alternative Defining the Elegiac Genre in the Anglo-Saxon World: an Analysis of Expressive Speech Acts it_IT
dc.type Master's Degree Thesis it_IT Scienze del linguaggio it_IT Laurea magistrale it_IT Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati it_IT
dc.description.academicyear 2019-2020_Sessione autunnale it_IT
dc.rights.accessrights openAccess it_IT
dc.thesis.matricno 877623 it_IT
dc.subject.miur L-FIL-LET/15 FILOLOGIA GERMANICA it_IT
dc.description.note it_IT it_IT it_IT
dc.subject.language INGLESE it_IT it_IT
dc.provenance.upload Mariateresa Caggiano (, 2020-10-14 it_IT
dc.provenance.plagiarycheck Marina Buzzoni (, 2020-10-19 it_IT

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record