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An Essay towards A History of English Expression : An Introduction to a Synchronic and Diachrocic Theory of English Expression
creator
Masui, Michio
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English
English and American literature
abstract
This essay is a preliminary attempt at a theoretical description of English expression. 'English expression' as we call it here may be defined as 'expression by means of the English language'; to put it conversely, 'the English language as seen in its expressional and expressive aspects'. We are here concerned with, particularly, the theoretical problems of the English language as a means of expression, denotaitive, evocative, symbolic, and so on. We are further interested to appronch the written English language as manifested in and through English literature: in other words, the written texts of such English expressions as may appear in English literature in particular, from, say, Old English through Middle English down to Modern English literature. Professor Wilbur Marshall Urban of Yale University says with emphasis on expression that reality as such does not come into being until it is expressed, and goes so far as to say that "Life as it is merely lived is senseless... we may have a direct apprehension or intuition of life, but the meaning of life can neither be apprehended nor expressed except in language of some kind. Such expression or communication is part of the life process itself" (Language and Reality, p. 21). This statement of Professor Urban's may with due modification be applied to the various and meaningful expressions of English literature in that a poet or a writer may endeavour to express or represent in language his imaginative, apprehension or direct intuition of life and the world in his work of art whether it is a poem or a novel. ...
journal title
The Hiroshima University studies, Literature Department
volume
Volume 28
issue
Issue 2
start page
158
end page
178
date of issued
1968-12-20
publisher
広島大学文学部
issn
0437-5564
ncid
SelfDOI
language
jpn
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
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application/pdf
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department
Graduate School of Letters
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