Have it your way and mine: The theory of styles

Ellen Spolsky

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Olsen is right to note what can be done with a good theory and the right machine. His particular theory, however, is not transferable to literary studies. If we need a new model, I would suggest that cognitive science can provide a few interesting ones. I have begun to do some work based on David Marr's VISION, in which he hypothesizes two levels of processing within the visual module. My speculation has been on the parallel existence of distinguishable levels of conceptual or language organization which would correspond to the viewer and object centered perspectives Marr describes for vision. I propose to explore the possibility that we may find here the model for the existence of stylistic individualism within overarching historical stylistic generalizations, and even more, that this may be what feminists are searching for when they try to resist being coopted by the masculine language of objectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-329
Number of pages7
JournalComputers and the Humanities
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Sep 1993


  • cognitive theory
  • computer-assisted research
  • feminist language theory
  • interpretive theory
  • meaning
  • private language
  • style
  • stylistics


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