Pragmatics and the Aesthetics of Texts

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2017
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Anglistica Aion
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Call for Papers

Anglistica Aion


Pragmatics and the Aesthetics of Texts

Editors: Bianca Del Villano and Urszula Kizelbach


The aim of this volume is to investigate how the aesthetics of the medium understood as the specific features of various types of texts (literary/cultural/scientific texts, TV series, political speeches) influence the pragmatic analysis of meaning in context. Context has been so far analysed basically according to two perspectives: a) as given and presumptive, prior to pragmatic actions, in line with the Anglo-American approach inspired by Austin and Grice; and b) as constructed through pragmatic actions, according to what may be defined as the sociological turn, more frequently characterizing European ‘continental’ studies.

In this forthcoming issue of Anglistica AION, we wish to gather new and different insights to context, starting from considering the increasing importance of pragmatic theories, stylistics, and statistical studies in the analysis of literary texts, and the questions they pose: Can all texts be analysed pragmatically? Does the genre of a given text with its constraints and/or possibilities force the use of a specific pragmatic theory for its (contextual) analysis? How does the text’s aesthetics influence the pragmatic analysis and the results the analyst is left with? Should the temporal-historical aspect be taken into account when choosing a pragmatic theory in the analysis of texts? Does aesthetics play a role in pragmatically defining what is created and what is given in relation to utterance and context?

We welcome contributions from many pragmatic fields, including but not limited to:

- historical pragmatics

- literary pragmatics

- social pragmatics

- linguistic pragmatics

- pragmatics and translation

- pragmatics and media studies

- pragmatics and gender studies

- pragmatics and affect studies

- pragmatics and philosophy

- pragmatics and multimodality

- pragmatics and digital/material aesthetics

- pragmatics and other disciplines

- metapragmatics


The contributions should ideally include a theoretical background and an analytical part, in which authors will demonstrate how and why a given pragmatic approach or theory has been applied to a particular genre of texts.

Deadline for abstracts

15 October 2017

Deadline for completed articles

30 March 2018

Bianca Del Villano

Urszula Kizelbach