Poetics of style mixture: Emotivity, identity, and creativity in Japanese writings

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Abstract

This paper analyzes style mixture in Japanese writings from the perspective of emotivity, identity, and creativity. Expanding my earlier studies which maintain that style mixture offers expressive and interactional strategies, this study examines recent writings (taken from essays and internet websites) that incorporate the new speaking-and-writing-agreement style (shin genbun itchitai). I make the case that style mixture in contemporary writings is a strategy through which the writer expresses multiple emotions in varying intensities, creates multiple identities, and enhances the creative use of language. The paper challenges the traditional view that style is closely associated with social and situational factors, and emphasizes that style ultimately functions as a means for self-expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-409
Number of pages23
JournalPoetics
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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