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Which genre? Which patterns?: Communicating thought and self through the labyrinth of the historical literary text type of War and peace

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posted on 2022-03-28, 14:25 authored by Joumana Naja
This dissertation focuses on the effects of discoursal variables on the genre of an English translation of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. In the identification of microdiscoursal tools of transitivity and ergative case, metafunctions, fictional voice and event types, this research illustrates how the generic design of this literary text is particularly not close to a novel. This paper identifies the topology of this rendered text as an amalgamation of sub-genre. The oscillation between infinitesimal and historical events is examined to pinpoint the nature such a genre. Systemic Functional Linguistic discourse and genre theories are utilised in this generic investigation. In-depth qualitative and quantitative procedures are employed in the discoursal prominence analyses. The discoursal variables show a reflective influence on the architecture of the text's genre.


Table of Contents

Chapter One. The introduction -- Chapter Two. The Literature review and methodology -- Chapter Three. The findings -- Chapter Four. The discussion -- Bibliography -- Appendices.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 75-78

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of International Studies

Department, Centre or School

Department of International Studies

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Marika Kalyuga


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