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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239680

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198239688.001.0001

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(p.52) 4 Genre

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Literary genres differ in respect of whether works of the genre have a truth‐value, and of whether and how that value is a function of the truth‐value of the component sentences. For example, in parables and poetry, in contrast to newspaper reports, truth‐value belongs to the whole work but not to its individual sentences. Putting a chunk of writing into a larger or different context may change its meaning entirely. Context includes literary context (the surrounding sentences), social context (the authorship and intended audience), and cultural context.

Keywords:   cultural context, contextual meaning, genre, literature, meaning, social context

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