On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan - Rebekah Wegener

On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan - Rebekah Wegener

Future Directions in the Study of Verbal Art

On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan - Rebekah Wegener

Wendy Lee Bowcher [+-]
Sun Yat-sen University, China
Wendy L. Bowcher is a Professor in the School of Foreign Languages at Sun Yat-sen University, China. She began her career in Australia as an English and History secondary school teacher before taking a position as a multicultural education consultant for the New South Wales Department of Education in Sydney, Australia. In 1989 she left Australia for Japan where she lived and worked for many years, first as an English language teacher, and later as lecturer then Associate Professor of Linguistics at Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan’s flagship teacher-training institution. While in Japan, Wendy also taught various courses for Columbia University Teachers College, MA TESOL program (Tokyo campus). Prior to coming to China she spent two years in Australia as a consultant forensic linguist.


In order to consider the possible future directions of linguistic analyses of literature* utilizing Hasan’s framework, it is worth pausing for a moment to consider what has been gained from analyses that have already been conducted? We could simply be content with discussing literature and arriving at its deep meaning(s) without doing the kind of meticulous analysis that Hasan has demonstrated, and that her framework demands. So the question arises: what has been the point of those analyses and have they delivered anything of interest that is worth pursuing? In order to answer this question, this chapter briefly presents some key highlights of Hasan’s ideas on verbal art and the application of these by various scholars. The chapter does not propose to conduct an in-depth description and evaluation of these applications. Rather, the brief overview provides a background against which future research might make sense. The overview is organized in terms of the following general domains: i. The place of verbal art in society, ii. Theory, models, corpora and tools, iii. Verbal art and pedagogy, iv. Hasan’s verbal art framework and other theories and approaches and, v. Verbal art and translation.

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Bowcher, Wendy. Future Directions in the Study of Verbal Art. On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 278-313 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781794487. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=29814. Date accessed: 21 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.29814. Sep 2018

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