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Formato
Rivista
eISSN
2286-0428
Pubblicato per la prima volta
21 Feb 2013
Periodo di pubblicazione
1 volta all'anno
Lingue
Inglese

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Volume 9 (2012): Edizione 1 (December 2012)

Dettagli della rivista
Formato
Rivista
eISSN
2286-0428
Pubblicato per la prima volta
21 Feb 2013
Periodo di pubblicazione
1 volta all'anno
Lingue
Inglese

Cerca

32 Articoli
Accesso libero

From Candidate to President: Obama’S Discourse Two Years Later

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 1 - 10

Astratto

Abstract

The article explores Barack Obama’s most notable speeches after becoming president. The authors intend to write a sequel to their 2009 paper Yes We Can: A New American Identity in the Speeches of Barack Obama, which looked at Obama’s campaign discourse, and investigate if his rhetoric has changed in the first half of his mandate.

Parole chiave

  • American Dream
  • core values
  • political discourse
  • rhetoric
Accesso libero

I’m Lovin’ it

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 12 - 21

Astratto

Abstract

The paper presents the special meanings and many-sided implications that can be conjectured from the use of a stative verb in the progressive, and the linguistic difficulties encountered in analysing McDonald’s slogan. It reviews the behaviour of to love when tested for stativeness and concludes that as a “progressive stative” verb it can be cleverly exploited for fresh emotional implications.

Parole chiave

  • emotional implications
  • progressive aspect
  • progressive stative
  • stative verb
Accesso libero

Lexical Gaps in Romanian From the Perspective of English: The Case of Culinary Verbs

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 22 - 29

Astratto

Abstract

This paper aims at presenting the lexical gaps which occur when translating a text from English into Romanian. In the first part of the paper causes for and types of lexical gaps, common strategies for dealing with lexical gaps in the process of translating are investigated and illustrated. The analysis made in the second part of the paper focuses on English verbs expressing the technique of cooking in water. The verbs which lead to lexical gaps in Romanian are insisted upon and the appropriate solutions to fill in these gaps are offered.

Parole chiave

  • culinary verbs
  • troponymy
  • lexical gaps
  • translation difficulties
  • translation techniques
Accesso libero

Verbal Forms In Specialized Written Discourse

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 30 - 37

Astratto

Abstract

The frequency and the distribution of verbal forms are analyzed in eleven professional texts for six fields of transport and traffic engineering, in a corpus of 7,215 lexemes. The analysis shows that passive forms, for example, occur far less than active forms. Certain functions and meanings of the most frequently used verbal forms are then discussed.

Parole chiave

  • transport and traffic engineering settings
  • verb forms
Accesso libero

Prosody in Elicitations: A Study of Intonation in BBC Talk Radio Shows

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 38 - 48

Astratto

Abstract

The paper is concerned with the prosodic features of non-literal language use in indirect elicitations in radio talk. It will be demonstrated how intonation becomes mirror of some contextual factors, and how the prosodic features of elicitations can corroborate the speaker’s meaning manifested through certain lexico-grammatical elements in the discourse.

Parole chiave

  • context
  • discourse
  • indirectness
  • lexico-grammar
  • prosody
Accesso libero

It Will/Must/May Be a Modal Auxiliary

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 49 - 59

Astratto

Abstract

The English modal verb system has proved to be a difficult linguistic concept even for advanced EFL students. Their comprehension/usage problems may be of purely morpho-syntactic and semantic nature or may also involve sociolinguistic dimensions. The paper examines the question of polysemy, sociolinguistic factors and the role of ELT models.

Parole chiave

  • applied lingustics
  • CEFR
  • ELT
  • modal auxiliaries
  • theoretical linguistics
Accesso libero

The Role of Context in Polysemy

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 60 - 69

Astratto

Abstract

Polysemy, the phenomenon whereby a linguistic unit exhibits multiple distinct yet related meanings, has always been a topic of great interest for both lexical semanticists and lexicographers. The primary aim of this paper is to investigate what role context plays in the interpretation of the different senses of polysemous lexical items.

Parole chiave

  • context
  • homonymy
  • lexical semantics
  • polysemy
  • vagueness
Accesso libero

Prosodic and Semantic Properties of Intonational Phrases

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 70 - 77

Astratto

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate the relation between prosodic and semantic properties of Intonational Phrases, based on the facts from Serbian. The production tests and elicited judgements show that the prosodic integration of the embedded IPs (appositives, parentheticals, and the left-peripheral adverbs) has a distinct semantic effect, or is accompanied by the narrow focus interpretation within the proposition modified.

Parole chiave

  • conventional implicature
  • focus
  • intonational phrase
  • prosodic integration
Accesso libero

In-Between Discourse and Genre: Doctor-Patient Interaction in Online Communication.

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 78 - 90

Astratto

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a corpus-based study which investigates the genre of medical eexchanges between doctors and medical website users. Three conversational routines (greetings, politeness, formal and informal linguistic features) are analyzed. The framework of the study is what some researchers refer to as net linguistics (Posteguillo 2003), consisting of the linguistic study of Computer Mediated Communication (CMC). The findings indicate that health posts are a relatively informal type of d/p interaction which is largely influenced by e-mails and chat conventions.

Parole chiave

  • CMC
  • genre
  • medical discourse
  • written speech
Accesso libero

On Competence-Based Approaches to Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 91 - 100

Astratto

Abstract

The paper discusses some elementary concepts and issues in competence based education (CBE) in general and in a competence-based approach to teaching English as a foreign language in particular. It is shown how some basic assumptions and concepts apparently widely adopted in CBE and language pedagogy are confusing, misguided, and incoherent and how some of the incoherence and inconsistencies may be resolved.

Parole chiave

  • competence
  • skill
  • knowledge
  • communicative language teaching
  • competence-based education
Accesso libero

At the Crossroads of Grammatical and Communicative Competence? – Academic Writing at The C2 Level (CEFR)

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 101 - 112

Astratto

Abstract

The study has been conducted within the project 178014 entitled

The structure dynamics of the Serbian language, financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of Serbia.

Academic writing at the C2 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference, experiences a fundamental change of focus from the lower-order concerns in writing, to the notion of communicative aspect of discourse and towards the higher-order concerns in writing. This study explores the degree of communicative competence in L2 writing that these students exhibit.

Parole chiave

  • academic writing
  • communicative competence
  • grammatical competence
  • higher-order concerns
  • lower-order concerns
Accesso libero

Multiple Intelligences in Teaching Literature

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 113 - 119

Astratto

Abstract

Discussing the conventional teaching of literature versus an alternative one, a new viewpoint is brought by Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (1983). Considering that we have different ways of increasing knowledge, of learning, we thought of a way of developing these intelligences through literature: the practical approach refers to literary texts studied from all these perspectives.

Parole chiave

  • alternative teaching
  • conventional teaching
  • literature
  • multiple intelligences
Accesso libero

Reproducing Gender Norms Through Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy in Romania

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 120 - 130

Astratto

Abstract

This paper aims to identify and analyze the ways in which physical education and sport pedagogy in Romania currently contribute to the reproduction of gender stereotypes. Sport opportunities are limited by the separate expectations of males and females in physical education and sport settings, leaving little room to challenge the meanings of masculinity and femininity through physical activity in the Romanian society.

Parole chiave

  • equity
  • gender norms
  • masculinity
  • femininity
  • physical education
  • sport
Accesso libero

Cinderella’s Ashes - New Women, Old Fairytales

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 131 - 137

Astratto

Abstract

This paper brings into focus the feminine qualities that heroines in Western fairy tales possess, as well as the roles they traditionally perform. The heroines are either rewarded or punished in accordance to how well they fit the feminine pattern, while the association of femininity with the female clearly indicates the social impact of gender ideology. Two variations on the Cinderella story will illustrate how feminist revisions of fairytales upset this rigid division.

Parole chiave

  • Cinderella
  • fairytale
  • femininity
  • feminism
  • gender roles
Accesso libero

Cinematic Memory and The Americanization of The Holocaust

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 138 - 146

Astratto

Abstract

Steven Soderbergh’s The Good German (2006), while grounding itself in WWII, casts a wide net as it attempts to examine the role of memory, the difficulty of assigning guilt, determining justice, defining the past, and writing history. Its nuanced treatment of these issues is enhanced by its complex ethnic characterizations and its contextualization among a group of WWII American cinematic classics. This ultimately leads to a shift in viewer reception aimed at creating greater understanding and empathy.

Parole chiave

  • Film Noir
  • Jewish representation
  • identity
  • memory
  • WWII
Accesso libero

Lost in the Bermuda Triangle: The Significance of Locations in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 147 - 153

Astratto

Abstract

This paper attempts to show in what way the exotic island of Jamaica expose the main characters and their fate. This part of the Atlantic Ocean seems to be torn between two different cultures, and also covers the notorious and mysterious Bermuda Triangle. The title is also foreboding for the protagonist’s fate: she will get just as lost into madness as ships in the Sargasso Sea.

Parole chiave

  • Caribbean islandscape
  • cultural identity
  • location metaphors
  • periphery of consciousness
Accesso libero

Alienation in Caryl Churchill’s a Number

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 154 - 165

Astratto

Abstract

Caryl Churchill’s play A Number echoes the author’s attitude towards scientific evolution, having as a result cloning, and its impact on social and moral values and relationships. The paper will focus on identitary problems raised by cloning, on the clash between uniqueness and seriality, on the confusion arising from opportunities and unexpected effects.

Parole chiave

  • alienation
  • British drama
  • seriality
  • uniqueness
Accesso libero

Going Back to One’s Roots: The Revival of Oral Storytelling Techniques in The English Contemporary Novel

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 166 - 181

Astratto

Abstract

My paper examines the interplay between the sophisticated postmodernist techniques of intertextuality, parody, metafiction and a return to orality or better said of pseudo-orality, a simulated-oral discourse or what the Russian Formalists called “skaz”, brought about by much postcolonial, ethnic or feminist literature.

Parole chiave

  • grotesque discourse
  • intertextuality
  • metafiction
  • oral discourse
  • pseudo-orality
  • skaz narratives
  • storytelling
Accesso libero

A Return to Senses: The Healthy Self in Nadine Gordimer’s Writings

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 182 - 193

Astratto

Abstract

The paper analyses some aspects of healthy and diseased bodies presented in Nadine Gordimer’s latest writings that mark the writer’s return to senses. Some of Susan Sontag’s considerations on‘illness and its metaphors’ are introduced in order to accentuate the significance of the healing proces in the circle of health, disease and recovery.

Parole chiave

  • diseased Other
  • Gordimer
  • healthy Self
  • senses
Accesso libero

Daniel Martin’s Multiple Journeys

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 194 - 209

Astratto

Abstract

Modern literature modifies the pattern on which most western narration was founded. The hero’s adventures come to exhibit the same dependence on initial conditions as dynamical systems do. In John Fowles’s novel, Daniel Martin, both character and author benefit from multiple journeys, the fractal characteristics of the novel standing in contrast with the wholeness of the vision.

Parole chiave

  • the hero’s journey
  • adaptation of the myth
  • fictional experiments
  • fragmentation
  • wholeness
Accesso libero

Off the Beaten Path: Ella D'arcy's Yellow Book Stories

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 210 - 223

Astratto

Abstract

The small body of work produced by Ella D’Arcy in the 1890s is noteworthy for its experimentation with narrative instability, its unsympathetic treatment of character and its oppressive, claustrophobic fictional world. The paper looks at how D’Arcy’s fiction makes use of shifts in focalisation, melodramatic plot twists and closure to build up a sense of irresoluteness and moral de-centering.

Parole chiave

  • 1890s
  • Ella D’Arcy
  • narrative
  • short story
Accesso libero

Reconstructing a Life: Charles ‘Buddy’ Bolden

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 224 - 239

Astratto

Abstract

Michael Ondaatje’s novel Coming through Slaughter is a fascinating attempt to bring literature and oral history together in order to recreate Charles ‘Buddy’ Bolden’s mysterious life. Daily routines and gestures, inner thoughts and high musical notes form a puzzle to which the citizens of the flamboyant New Orleans keep adding pieces. With the help of his only existing photograph, the present paper focuses on the unquestionable father of jazz, who kept “away from recorded history”.

Parole chiave

  • fragmentariness
  • (in)sanity
  • jazz
  • memory
  • New Orleans
  • oral history
Accesso libero

Tragic Innocence in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 240 - 253

Astratto

Abstract

American Pastoral is not only an elegiac fictional biography, but an in-depth analysis of the demise of the American dream in the context of post-war social and cultural mutations. The loss of innocence echoes the tragic mythical Fall from Paradise and the novel’s main characters, Seymour “Swede” Levov and his daughter, Merry, mirror this process in a complex and meaningful way.

Parole chiave

  • innocence
  • tragedy
  • identity
  • the American Dream
Accesso libero

An Eastern European Traveler to Paradise. Los Angeles in Petru Comarnescu’s American Travelogue From 1934

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 254 - 262

Astratto

Abstract

Published in 1934, Petru Comarnescu’s American journal offers both a fresh take on the Californian milieu of the late 20s and the beginning of the 30s, and open-minded perspectives on the New World. The present paper analyzes how the Romanian intellectual put together the historical, social and cultural pieces of the complex city puzzle in his bold attempt at recreating the atmosphere of the chameleonic metropolis of Los Angeles.

Parole chiave

  • Los Angeles
  • travelogue
  • journal
  • travel writing
  • Eastern Europe
Accesso libero

The Portrait of England in Henry James’s International Novels

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 263 - 275

Astratto

Abstract

In his international novels, Henry James builds the image of England through the eyes of the American characters that travel in this country. London is the perfect setting for his international novels, as it becomes an integral part of the person or the action he is narrating.

Parole chiave

  • England
  • history
  • London
  • Old World
  • Other
  • tradition
Accesso libero

The Emergence of the Archaic in Margaret Drabble’s the Radiant Way and a Natural Curiosity

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 276 - 287

Astratto

Abstract

Margaret Drabble’s novels are set in contemporary England and deal with contemporary issues, but still contain reminiscences of an archaic mentality. The paper will discuss several such reminiscences, like the myth of the good savage, the nostalgia for the lost paradise or the references to the archetype of the Creation.

Parole chiave

  • archaic mentality
  • Creation
  • good savage
  • lost paradise
  • shaman
Accesso libero

Revengeful Violence – Hannah Duston’s Captivity Narative and the Puritan Paradox

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 288 - 302

Astratto

Abstract

The story of Hannah Duston brings forth a new image of the captive Puritan woman, one that is bearing the horrifying specter of violent revenge. The essay dwells on the captive’s way of dealing with the experience of captivity by touching upon Walter Benjamin’s approach on the matter and also by analyzing the moral paradox that arises.

Parole chiave

  • captivity
  • frontier
  • natural law
  • Puritan
  • violence
Accesso libero

Gender and Irony in The Early Modern English Romance

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 303 - 320

Astratto

Abstract

The paper discusses the ironic manner in which gender relations are often tackled in the early modern English romance, from Shakespeare’s comedies to Sidney’s pastorals or Lady Mary Wroth’s poetry. Strong female characters, effeminate males and the subversive, often ambiguous, manner in which the theme of love is approached in 16th- and 17th - century English literature are some of the aspects to be discussed.

Parole chiave

  • agency gender
  • genre
  • irony
  • romance
Accesso libero

The Truth of Art in David Jones and Hans-Georg Gadamer

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 321 - 334

Astratto

Abstract

I shall examine the theory of art developed by David Jones, the twentieth-century Anglo-Welsh poet and artist (especially in his essay “Art and Sacrament”), in the light of a comparison with the theory of art propounded by Hans-Georg Gadamer, the twentieth-century German philosopher in the phenomenological tradition (especially his essay “Die Aktualität des Schönen”), not claiming influence, but highlighting striking parallels.

Parole chiave

  • Art
  • phenomenology
  • sacramentality
  • symbol
  • truth
Accesso libero

Reinscribing Sexuality: Manga Versions of Romeo and Juliet

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 335 - 350

Astratto

Abstract

Designed to familiarize the younger audience with the Bard’s work, while at the same time catering to their tastes and interests, not only have Shakespearean adaptations moved the original plots to unusual milieus and exotic cultures, but have also ‘translated’ them to new media. This paper analyzes the portrayal of sexuality in two transmediations of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The paper compares and contrasts two manga versions of the play (a British and a Japanese one), aiming to highlight the ways in which the “star crossed lovers’” relationship has been adapted and appropriated by the two cultures in the twentyfirst century.

Parole chiave

  • gender
  • manga
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • sexuality
Accesso libero

What Did Shakespeare Know About Copernicanism?

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 351 - 365

Astratto

Abstract

This contribution examines Shakespeare’s knowledge of the cosmological theories of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) as well as recent claims that Shakespeare possessed specialized knowledge of technical astronomy.

Parole chiave

  • Shakespeare
  • William
  • Copernicus
  • Nicolaus
  • renaissance astronomy
Accesso libero

Types of Metaphors in The English Legal Discourse

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 366 - 372

Astratto

Abstract

The main purpose of my paper is that of analyzing English legal discourse and legal texts belonging to different genres within the same subject field, in this case legal English, from the point of view of the variety of metaphors it consists of. Metaphor represents one among many other elements of legal discourse.

Parole chiave

  • legal discourse
  • conceptual metaphor
  • texts
32 Articoli
Accesso libero

From Candidate to President: Obama’S Discourse Two Years Later

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 1 - 10

Astratto

Abstract

The article explores Barack Obama’s most notable speeches after becoming president. The authors intend to write a sequel to their 2009 paper Yes We Can: A New American Identity in the Speeches of Barack Obama, which looked at Obama’s campaign discourse, and investigate if his rhetoric has changed in the first half of his mandate.

Parole chiave

  • American Dream
  • core values
  • political discourse
  • rhetoric
Accesso libero

I’m Lovin’ it

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 12 - 21

Astratto

Abstract

The paper presents the special meanings and many-sided implications that can be conjectured from the use of a stative verb in the progressive, and the linguistic difficulties encountered in analysing McDonald’s slogan. It reviews the behaviour of to love when tested for stativeness and concludes that as a “progressive stative” verb it can be cleverly exploited for fresh emotional implications.

Parole chiave

  • emotional implications
  • progressive aspect
  • progressive stative
  • stative verb
Accesso libero

Lexical Gaps in Romanian From the Perspective of English: The Case of Culinary Verbs

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 22 - 29

Astratto

Abstract

This paper aims at presenting the lexical gaps which occur when translating a text from English into Romanian. In the first part of the paper causes for and types of lexical gaps, common strategies for dealing with lexical gaps in the process of translating are investigated and illustrated. The analysis made in the second part of the paper focuses on English verbs expressing the technique of cooking in water. The verbs which lead to lexical gaps in Romanian are insisted upon and the appropriate solutions to fill in these gaps are offered.

Parole chiave

  • culinary verbs
  • troponymy
  • lexical gaps
  • translation difficulties
  • translation techniques
Accesso libero

Verbal Forms In Specialized Written Discourse

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 30 - 37

Astratto

Abstract

The frequency and the distribution of verbal forms are analyzed in eleven professional texts for six fields of transport and traffic engineering, in a corpus of 7,215 lexemes. The analysis shows that passive forms, for example, occur far less than active forms. Certain functions and meanings of the most frequently used verbal forms are then discussed.

Parole chiave

  • transport and traffic engineering settings
  • verb forms
Accesso libero

Prosody in Elicitations: A Study of Intonation in BBC Talk Radio Shows

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 38 - 48

Astratto

Abstract

The paper is concerned with the prosodic features of non-literal language use in indirect elicitations in radio talk. It will be demonstrated how intonation becomes mirror of some contextual factors, and how the prosodic features of elicitations can corroborate the speaker’s meaning manifested through certain lexico-grammatical elements in the discourse.

Parole chiave

  • context
  • discourse
  • indirectness
  • lexico-grammar
  • prosody
Accesso libero

It Will/Must/May Be a Modal Auxiliary

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 49 - 59

Astratto

Abstract

The English modal verb system has proved to be a difficult linguistic concept even for advanced EFL students. Their comprehension/usage problems may be of purely morpho-syntactic and semantic nature or may also involve sociolinguistic dimensions. The paper examines the question of polysemy, sociolinguistic factors and the role of ELT models.

Parole chiave

  • applied lingustics
  • CEFR
  • ELT
  • modal auxiliaries
  • theoretical linguistics
Accesso libero

The Role of Context in Polysemy

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 60 - 69

Astratto

Abstract

Polysemy, the phenomenon whereby a linguistic unit exhibits multiple distinct yet related meanings, has always been a topic of great interest for both lexical semanticists and lexicographers. The primary aim of this paper is to investigate what role context plays in the interpretation of the different senses of polysemous lexical items.

Parole chiave

  • context
  • homonymy
  • lexical semantics
  • polysemy
  • vagueness
Accesso libero

Prosodic and Semantic Properties of Intonational Phrases

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 70 - 77

Astratto

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate the relation between prosodic and semantic properties of Intonational Phrases, based on the facts from Serbian. The production tests and elicited judgements show that the prosodic integration of the embedded IPs (appositives, parentheticals, and the left-peripheral adverbs) has a distinct semantic effect, or is accompanied by the narrow focus interpretation within the proposition modified.

Parole chiave

  • conventional implicature
  • focus
  • intonational phrase
  • prosodic integration
Accesso libero

In-Between Discourse and Genre: Doctor-Patient Interaction in Online Communication.

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 78 - 90

Astratto

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a corpus-based study which investigates the genre of medical eexchanges between doctors and medical website users. Three conversational routines (greetings, politeness, formal and informal linguistic features) are analyzed. The framework of the study is what some researchers refer to as net linguistics (Posteguillo 2003), consisting of the linguistic study of Computer Mediated Communication (CMC). The findings indicate that health posts are a relatively informal type of d/p interaction which is largely influenced by e-mails and chat conventions.

Parole chiave

  • CMC
  • genre
  • medical discourse
  • written speech
Accesso libero

On Competence-Based Approaches to Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 91 - 100

Astratto

Abstract

The paper discusses some elementary concepts and issues in competence based education (CBE) in general and in a competence-based approach to teaching English as a foreign language in particular. It is shown how some basic assumptions and concepts apparently widely adopted in CBE and language pedagogy are confusing, misguided, and incoherent and how some of the incoherence and inconsistencies may be resolved.

Parole chiave

  • competence
  • skill
  • knowledge
  • communicative language teaching
  • competence-based education
Accesso libero

At the Crossroads of Grammatical and Communicative Competence? – Academic Writing at The C2 Level (CEFR)

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 101 - 112

Astratto

Abstract

The study has been conducted within the project 178014 entitled

The structure dynamics of the Serbian language, financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of Serbia.

Academic writing at the C2 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference, experiences a fundamental change of focus from the lower-order concerns in writing, to the notion of communicative aspect of discourse and towards the higher-order concerns in writing. This study explores the degree of communicative competence in L2 writing that these students exhibit.

Parole chiave

  • academic writing
  • communicative competence
  • grammatical competence
  • higher-order concerns
  • lower-order concerns
Accesso libero

Multiple Intelligences in Teaching Literature

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 113 - 119

Astratto

Abstract

Discussing the conventional teaching of literature versus an alternative one, a new viewpoint is brought by Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (1983). Considering that we have different ways of increasing knowledge, of learning, we thought of a way of developing these intelligences through literature: the practical approach refers to literary texts studied from all these perspectives.

Parole chiave

  • alternative teaching
  • conventional teaching
  • literature
  • multiple intelligences
Accesso libero

Reproducing Gender Norms Through Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy in Romania

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 120 - 130

Astratto

Abstract

This paper aims to identify and analyze the ways in which physical education and sport pedagogy in Romania currently contribute to the reproduction of gender stereotypes. Sport opportunities are limited by the separate expectations of males and females in physical education and sport settings, leaving little room to challenge the meanings of masculinity and femininity through physical activity in the Romanian society.

Parole chiave

  • equity
  • gender norms
  • masculinity
  • femininity
  • physical education
  • sport
Accesso libero

Cinderella’s Ashes - New Women, Old Fairytales

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 131 - 137

Astratto

Abstract

This paper brings into focus the feminine qualities that heroines in Western fairy tales possess, as well as the roles they traditionally perform. The heroines are either rewarded or punished in accordance to how well they fit the feminine pattern, while the association of femininity with the female clearly indicates the social impact of gender ideology. Two variations on the Cinderella story will illustrate how feminist revisions of fairytales upset this rigid division.

Parole chiave

  • Cinderella
  • fairytale
  • femininity
  • feminism
  • gender roles
Accesso libero

Cinematic Memory and The Americanization of The Holocaust

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 138 - 146

Astratto

Abstract

Steven Soderbergh’s The Good German (2006), while grounding itself in WWII, casts a wide net as it attempts to examine the role of memory, the difficulty of assigning guilt, determining justice, defining the past, and writing history. Its nuanced treatment of these issues is enhanced by its complex ethnic characterizations and its contextualization among a group of WWII American cinematic classics. This ultimately leads to a shift in viewer reception aimed at creating greater understanding and empathy.

Parole chiave

  • Film Noir
  • Jewish representation
  • identity
  • memory
  • WWII
Accesso libero

Lost in the Bermuda Triangle: The Significance of Locations in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 147 - 153

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This paper attempts to show in what way the exotic island of Jamaica expose the main characters and their fate. This part of the Atlantic Ocean seems to be torn between two different cultures, and also covers the notorious and mysterious Bermuda Triangle. The title is also foreboding for the protagonist’s fate: she will get just as lost into madness as ships in the Sargasso Sea.

Parole chiave

  • Caribbean islandscape
  • cultural identity
  • location metaphors
  • periphery of consciousness
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Alienation in Caryl Churchill’s a Number

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 154 - 165

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Caryl Churchill’s play A Number echoes the author’s attitude towards scientific evolution, having as a result cloning, and its impact on social and moral values and relationships. The paper will focus on identitary problems raised by cloning, on the clash between uniqueness and seriality, on the confusion arising from opportunities and unexpected effects.

Parole chiave

  • alienation
  • British drama
  • seriality
  • uniqueness
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Going Back to One’s Roots: The Revival of Oral Storytelling Techniques in The English Contemporary Novel

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 166 - 181

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My paper examines the interplay between the sophisticated postmodernist techniques of intertextuality, parody, metafiction and a return to orality or better said of pseudo-orality, a simulated-oral discourse or what the Russian Formalists called “skaz”, brought about by much postcolonial, ethnic or feminist literature.

Parole chiave

  • grotesque discourse
  • intertextuality
  • metafiction
  • oral discourse
  • pseudo-orality
  • skaz narratives
  • storytelling
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A Return to Senses: The Healthy Self in Nadine Gordimer’s Writings

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 182 - 193

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The paper analyses some aspects of healthy and diseased bodies presented in Nadine Gordimer’s latest writings that mark the writer’s return to senses. Some of Susan Sontag’s considerations on‘illness and its metaphors’ are introduced in order to accentuate the significance of the healing proces in the circle of health, disease and recovery.

Parole chiave

  • diseased Other
  • Gordimer
  • healthy Self
  • senses
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Daniel Martin’s Multiple Journeys

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 194 - 209

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Modern literature modifies the pattern on which most western narration was founded. The hero’s adventures come to exhibit the same dependence on initial conditions as dynamical systems do. In John Fowles’s novel, Daniel Martin, both character and author benefit from multiple journeys, the fractal characteristics of the novel standing in contrast with the wholeness of the vision.

Parole chiave

  • the hero’s journey
  • adaptation of the myth
  • fictional experiments
  • fragmentation
  • wholeness
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Off the Beaten Path: Ella D'arcy's Yellow Book Stories

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 210 - 223

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The small body of work produced by Ella D’Arcy in the 1890s is noteworthy for its experimentation with narrative instability, its unsympathetic treatment of character and its oppressive, claustrophobic fictional world. The paper looks at how D’Arcy’s fiction makes use of shifts in focalisation, melodramatic plot twists and closure to build up a sense of irresoluteness and moral de-centering.

Parole chiave

  • 1890s
  • Ella D’Arcy
  • narrative
  • short story
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Reconstructing a Life: Charles ‘Buddy’ Bolden

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 224 - 239

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Michael Ondaatje’s novel Coming through Slaughter is a fascinating attempt to bring literature and oral history together in order to recreate Charles ‘Buddy’ Bolden’s mysterious life. Daily routines and gestures, inner thoughts and high musical notes form a puzzle to which the citizens of the flamboyant New Orleans keep adding pieces. With the help of his only existing photograph, the present paper focuses on the unquestionable father of jazz, who kept “away from recorded history”.

Parole chiave

  • fragmentariness
  • (in)sanity
  • jazz
  • memory
  • New Orleans
  • oral history
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Tragic Innocence in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 240 - 253

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American Pastoral is not only an elegiac fictional biography, but an in-depth analysis of the demise of the American dream in the context of post-war social and cultural mutations. The loss of innocence echoes the tragic mythical Fall from Paradise and the novel’s main characters, Seymour “Swede” Levov and his daughter, Merry, mirror this process in a complex and meaningful way.

Parole chiave

  • innocence
  • tragedy
  • identity
  • the American Dream
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An Eastern European Traveler to Paradise. Los Angeles in Petru Comarnescu’s American Travelogue From 1934

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 254 - 262

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Published in 1934, Petru Comarnescu’s American journal offers both a fresh take on the Californian milieu of the late 20s and the beginning of the 30s, and open-minded perspectives on the New World. The present paper analyzes how the Romanian intellectual put together the historical, social and cultural pieces of the complex city puzzle in his bold attempt at recreating the atmosphere of the chameleonic metropolis of Los Angeles.

Parole chiave

  • Los Angeles
  • travelogue
  • journal
  • travel writing
  • Eastern Europe
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The Portrait of England in Henry James’s International Novels

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 263 - 275

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In his international novels, Henry James builds the image of England through the eyes of the American characters that travel in this country. London is the perfect setting for his international novels, as it becomes an integral part of the person or the action he is narrating.

Parole chiave

  • England
  • history
  • London
  • Old World
  • Other
  • tradition
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The Emergence of the Archaic in Margaret Drabble’s the Radiant Way and a Natural Curiosity

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 276 - 287

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Margaret Drabble’s novels are set in contemporary England and deal with contemporary issues, but still contain reminiscences of an archaic mentality. The paper will discuss several such reminiscences, like the myth of the good savage, the nostalgia for the lost paradise or the references to the archetype of the Creation.

Parole chiave

  • archaic mentality
  • Creation
  • good savage
  • lost paradise
  • shaman
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Revengeful Violence – Hannah Duston’s Captivity Narative and the Puritan Paradox

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 288 - 302

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The story of Hannah Duston brings forth a new image of the captive Puritan woman, one that is bearing the horrifying specter of violent revenge. The essay dwells on the captive’s way of dealing with the experience of captivity by touching upon Walter Benjamin’s approach on the matter and also by analyzing the moral paradox that arises.

Parole chiave

  • captivity
  • frontier
  • natural law
  • Puritan
  • violence
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Gender and Irony in The Early Modern English Romance

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 303 - 320

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The paper discusses the ironic manner in which gender relations are often tackled in the early modern English romance, from Shakespeare’s comedies to Sidney’s pastorals or Lady Mary Wroth’s poetry. Strong female characters, effeminate males and the subversive, often ambiguous, manner in which the theme of love is approached in 16th- and 17th - century English literature are some of the aspects to be discussed.

Parole chiave

  • agency gender
  • genre
  • irony
  • romance
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The Truth of Art in David Jones and Hans-Georg Gadamer

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 321 - 334

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I shall examine the theory of art developed by David Jones, the twentieth-century Anglo-Welsh poet and artist (especially in his essay “Art and Sacrament”), in the light of a comparison with the theory of art propounded by Hans-Georg Gadamer, the twentieth-century German philosopher in the phenomenological tradition (especially his essay “Die Aktualität des Schönen”), not claiming influence, but highlighting striking parallels.

Parole chiave

  • Art
  • phenomenology
  • sacramentality
  • symbol
  • truth
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Reinscribing Sexuality: Manga Versions of Romeo and Juliet

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 335 - 350

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Designed to familiarize the younger audience with the Bard’s work, while at the same time catering to their tastes and interests, not only have Shakespearean adaptations moved the original plots to unusual milieus and exotic cultures, but have also ‘translated’ them to new media. This paper analyzes the portrayal of sexuality in two transmediations of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The paper compares and contrasts two manga versions of the play (a British and a Japanese one), aiming to highlight the ways in which the “star crossed lovers’” relationship has been adapted and appropriated by the two cultures in the twentyfirst century.

Parole chiave

  • gender
  • manga
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • sexuality
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What Did Shakespeare Know About Copernicanism?

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 351 - 365

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This contribution examines Shakespeare’s knowledge of the cosmological theories of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) as well as recent claims that Shakespeare possessed specialized knowledge of technical astronomy.

Parole chiave

  • Shakespeare
  • William
  • Copernicus
  • Nicolaus
  • renaissance astronomy
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Types of Metaphors in The English Legal Discourse

Pubblicato online: 21 Feb 2013
Pagine: 366 - 372

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The main purpose of my paper is that of analyzing English legal discourse and legal texts belonging to different genres within the same subject field, in this case legal English, from the point of view of the variety of metaphors it consists of. Metaphor represents one among many other elements of legal discourse.

Parole chiave

  • legal discourse
  • conceptual metaphor
  • texts

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