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Nonsense Literature

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Nonsense Literature

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'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.

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Nonsense Literature The evolution of genre, form and concept

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The subject of the investigation: the development of nonsense as a literary genre in the English literature from its origin up to the present day effects it has on the modern world of belles-letters and art

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The aim of the work: to study the social, historical and cultural background of the appearance and further development of nonsense literature; to define the conceptual principles of literary nonsense and follow their changes in the course of the genre evolution; to work out the ‘nonsense literature’ chronological fact file; to analyze the literary diversity of the forms and stylistic devices used by English authors to produce a nonsense effect; to make the comparative analysis of the peculiarities of nonsense literature translation.

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Literary nonsense is a style of literature where conventional rules of language and general logic do not apply. The effect of nonsense is often caused by an excess of meaning, rather than a lack of it. The genre is present in many forms of literature such as nonsense verses, riddles, jokes, fairy-tales, short stories and novels.

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The origin of the genre

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The origin of the genre

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Edward Lear (1812 –1888) The Owl and the Pussy-cat. The illustration by Edward Lear The illustration to ‘A book of nonsense’ The cover to ‘A book of nonsense’ The cover to ‘A book of nonsense’

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Lewis Carroll (1832 –1898)

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Stylistic Peculiarities Limericks (from “Nonsense Book” , E.Lear) Nonsense Prose (from “Alices”, Lewis Carroll) repetitions 112 23 alliterations 56 - hyperboles 78 36 contradictions 65 28 faulty cause and effect 82 18 rhyme and rhythm 112 6 grotesque 14 57 puns 13 44 portmanteau words 8 76 neologisms 15 46 reversals and inversions 26 50 riddles with no answer - 18 symbolism 38 43 irrelevance or immaterial characteristics 67 71 Parody, irony, satire 46 48 paradox 58 59

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Comparative analysis

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The difficulties of translation The most common device used by Lewis Carroll to produce both nonsensical and humorous effect is pun. The difficulty of translation of the pun lies not only in the reconstruction of its sound peculiarity, but also in the definite transcoding of its meaning in the text interpretation. As for translating limericks one more difficulty for interpreters can be found concerning not only the adequate rendering of nonsense devices but also preserving the strict form of Edward Lear’s limerick.

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The fact that the English nation, stereotyped as rational and pragmatic, has chosen the nonsense literature to realize its authentically humorous potential is significant. Rational nation’s addressing to nonsense demonstrates the wish of the English people to avoid the rules and norms, which regulate their everyday life. Also, nonsense literature is effective because of the human desire to find meaning in everything, and where perhaps none exists. This is probably the most significant reason for such the long-lasting success of English nonsense literature.

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