EXPLORING READER ENGAGEMENT THROUGH EMOTIONAL INTENSIFICATION IN THE BRIDE: A SYSTEMIC FUNCTIONAL PERSPECTIVE
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Keywords

Emotions
Engagement
Fiction
Lexicogrammar
Lexical choices
Corpus stylistics

How to Cite

Bokhari, Z., Tehseem, T., & Zulfiqar, S. (2020). EXPLORING READER ENGAGEMENT THROUGH EMOTIONAL INTENSIFICATION IN THE BRIDE: A SYSTEMIC FUNCTIONAL PERSPECTIVE. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 59(2), 41–57. Retrieved from https://www.jsshuok.com/oj/index.php/jssh/article/view/330

Abstract

Readers of literary narratives undergo an emotional experience by feeling varied emotions in various ways. While going through a narrative, we assume here, a fictive reader may be absorbed because they very often believe they develop a feel what is to be felt from a perspective presented and, similarly they understand what is to be understood in a given situation and character engaged in highly textually interwoven situation. Therefore, certain techniques and devices are employed by the authors of emotional fiction to engage their readers emotionally and to create text- reader empathy. In this paper, an attempt has been made to discover the lexico-grammatical texturing of emotional fiction using the Corpus Stylistics Framework for identifying emotional intensity (Toolan, 2012) based on Systemic Functional Linguistics (Halliday, 1994) to unveil how this particular texturing causes emotional immersion. Through a lexico-grammatical analysis of the selected passages of ‘The Bride’, it is established that by using particular lexical choices and devices, the author engages the reader emotionally and therefore, enhances readers’ involvement in the text. Hence, it supports our claim that the lexicogrammar of the emotional passages is instrumentally di?erent for projecting emotionally engaged responses.

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Copyright (c) 2020 Zahra Bokhari, Dr. Tazanfal Tehseem

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