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Dillon draws upon recent studies of language processing to ask how linguistic form shapes readers' (or hearers') responses to literary texts. The resulting model of comprehension gives an explicit account of the strategies readers may use in analyzing and comprehending passages from Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth, Henry James, Faulkner, Wallace Stevens, and other notoriously "difficult" writers. Dillon's model bears on many of the major issues in current literary theory, such as whether and how "literary" reading differs from other kinds of reading and what the function and importance of ambiguity is within a literary work. The book's overall aim is to supplant William Empson's Seven Types of Ambiguity as an account of how we do and should read literature.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Note on the text
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction. Style and Processing
  2. pp. xv-1
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  1. Half Title Paage
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. 1. Phrases and Their Functions
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  1. 2. Clause Boundaries
  2. pp. 30-59
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  1. 3. Reference, Coreference, and Attachment
  2. pp. 60-89
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  1. 4. Reference, Coreference, and Attachment
  2. pp. 90-113
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  1. 5. Consciousness of Sentence Structure
  2. pp. 114-139
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  1. 6. Integration into Context
  2. pp. 140-169
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  1. 7. Some Values of Complex Processing
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  1. Conclusion. Toward a Specification of Response
  2. pp. 182-186
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 187-191
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 198-208
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