Speech Act Theory and the Concept of Intention in Literary Criticism

Review of English Studies Canaria, Vol. 24, pp. 89-104, 1992

9 Pages Posted: 25 May 2010

Date Written: 1992

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to trace the outline of a speech act theory of literature, taking into account the work of critics who react against the prevailing anti-intentionalist schools of criticism, such as the New Criticism, some versions of structuralism, and deconstruction. The intentionalist critics prepare the ground for a theory of literary discourse considered as a speech act, since it is known that the concept of intention is central to the analysis of speech acts. Such a theory of literary discourse should not overlook the role played by criticism in expanding the meaning of a text, and should go beyond a narrow definition of interpretation as the identification of the author's intention.

Keywords: Literary theory, Pragmatics, Speech Acts, Speech Act theory, Intention, Intentionalism

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Speech Act Theory and the Concept of Intention in Literary Criticism (1992). Review of English Studies Canaria, Vol. 24, pp. 89-104, 1992. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1615111

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.garcialanda.net

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