Alon Lischinsky's research and teaching


From fictional texts to real-world discourses

Book Chapter: Lischinsky, A. (2018). Overlooked text types: from fictional texts to real-world discourses. In: Taylor, C., & Marchi, A. (eds). Corpus approaches to discourse: a critical review (pp. 60–81). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315179346-4

This chapter discusses the difficulties involved in determining representativeness in language data, and illustrates the issues raised by the bias of corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS) towards particular genres – typically official, public and factual ones. It also discusses how fiction and imagination are central to understanding of the real world and sketches some of the complex ways in which readers' affect and attention are engaged by imaginative discourses.

The chapter addresses disciplinary divides about fiction and outlines some of the particular interpretive caveats required to deal with such materials. It offers an example of how these limitations can be addressed by exploring the role of erotic fiction in the circulation of discourses about gender and sexuality.

referential choices, body representation, fragmentation, interpretation of fiction, fictional discourses, gender studies, erotica, pornography, online fiction, porn studies, corpus linguistics, corpus stylistics, corpus-assisted discourse analysis