Таврический Национальный университет им. В. И. Вернадского Факультет иностранной филологии Кафедра ­&sh­y;&­shy;&sh языка и литературы James Joyce “Two Gallants”. Text analyses Дисциплина: История английской литературы Выполнила: студентка 4 курса группы 453 Шило Светлана Симферополь, 2014 Text analysis of Two Gallants written by James Joyce The short story under consideration is Two Gallants written by a famous English-speakin­g writer. It is one of the seediest stories in Dubliners. James Joyce was an Irish, modernist writer who wrote in a ground-breaking style that was known both for its complexity and explicit content. As for literary artistic system, Two Gallants belongs to the modernistic trend. Modernism tries to break with traditional styles, experiment with literary forms and express new ideas. In his work James Joyce turned to the human consciousness away from social problems. Modernism addresses the following themes: breaking down of social norms, rejection of social conventions and religion, anger against the world wars. Two Gallants is a short story as it is covered only one event of the main characters’ lives. The genre chosen by the writer dictates the adoption of the belles-lettres style. Several characteristic features pertaining to belles-lettres style texts are observed in Two Gallants. In Two Gallants James Joyce uses a lot of symbols. One
The text under analysis is entitled “Presuppositions”, it is a part of a textbook and it belongs to the scientific writing”.
The main idea of the text is to provide the reader with the information about the role of presuppositions in creating a comic effect in humorous texts. The author’s goal is achieved via a meaningful and logical structure and examples. Naturally, the text belongs to the expository type of discourse; in this case, it is persuasive exposition, containing, though, elements of description.
The use of non-grammatical subjects make the text narrative.
As the text is scientific, the lexis is formal and the author uses many words of foreign origin (French – existence, entity), Latin (inappropriate) and Greek (schematic).
Speaking about terminology, there are examples of terms proper (schema, presupposition, presuppositional pool) some of them are repeated throughout the text, this repetition creates thematic continuity of the text and helps to avoid ambiguity. There are also examples of general terms (object, aspect) and common terms (exema).
The author uses many noun phrases: attributive noun phrases (fictional world), prepositional noun phrases (for the duration of our reading), noun of-phrases (member of the local dramatic society).