Metadiscourse as a way of achieving persuasion in literary criticism texts

AlJazrawi, Dunya and AlJazrawi, Zeena (2021) Metadiscourse as a way of achieving persuasion in literary criticism texts. GEMA ; Online Journal of Language Studies, 21 (3). pp. 245-263. ISSN 1675-8021


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This study aims at examining the use of metadiscourse markers in literary criticism texts to identify the role of the reader and how these markers are used to produce more persuasive essays. The data of 72,727 words from 17 texts were written by three well-known authors, namely, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf and Stanley Fish. Hyland’s (2005) model of interpersonal metadiscourse markers was used to analyze the data. The analysis revealed that metadiscourse markers are used by literary critics to create coherent and persuasive texts. It was found out that the theory of criticism adopted by the literary critics does not affect the use of metadiscourse markers only maybe in terms of relying more on logos, ethos or pathos. The results of this study comply with those of previous research showing that metadiscourse markers are frequently used in literary criticism texts. This study will contribute to both the literary genre and the genre of critical essays by identifying the linguistic features to be used to produce more effective and convincing literary criticism texts. It will also help future critics to write more persuasive texts by highlighting the means that enable them to influence their readers and to produce more coherent and convincing texts.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Metadiscourse; Persuasion; Literary criticism; Essays; Critical theory
Journal:GEMA ; Online Journal of Language Studies
ID Code:18133
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Deposited On:22 Feb 2022 02:55
Last Modified:24 Feb 2022 00:47

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