The UVic Writer's Guide


Discourse


Originally a term for an extensive speech or written work, the term has become much used in recent critical approaches to literature to indicate any coherent subset of language which establishes its own expectations and assumptions (its ideology). Thus there is a discourse appropriate to literary criticism that is quite distinct from the discourse appropriate to writing about hockey or physics.


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