Award Date

1-1-1991

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Studies

Number of Pages

107

Abstract

This thesis develops three interpretive classifications based on mimetic and opsitic verbal structures. First, the classification of the "window" is described. Second, the aspects of the "mirror" are discussed and illustrated. Third, the features of the "stone" are analyzed and clarified; The theoretical description of mimetic discourse is based on M. H. Abrams' pivotal book on romantic literature, The Mirror and the Lamp. This thesis expands upon his critical classifications for mimetic literature and adds an additional classification to deal with opsitic verbal structures, namely the "stone."; The "window" is shown to include discourse that depicts the world or universe in an objective manner; Next the classification of the "mirror" is discussed, showing the function of this discourse is to achieve persuasion through the process of "identification."; The final classification of the "stone" is shown to be that discourse that defies traditional methods of interpretation due to its opaque qualities; Finally, the concept of historicity is discussed as an intersection between the classifications. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

Keywords

Critical; Mimesis; Mirror; Opsis; Reassessment; Roles; Stone; Theory; Window

Controlled Subject

Communication; Literature

File Format

pdf

File Size

3747.84 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/4lep-eu6r


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