The aim of this introduction is to give a brief sketch of the sort of theoretical work that has helped me with this project. The work was drawn principally from the work of three writers: Foucault, Vološinov and Bakhtin. Their investigations were of interest not in the fact that they mapped out a certain field that could then be taken over and the details filled in, but in that they offered a direction in which to proceed. In fact their texts are very dissimilar and often contradictory in terms of the aims and methods of their studies. However, I found that there were sufficient similarities to suggest that a number of fairly basic points could be drawn together in order to provide a theoretical starting point. Those similarities and that starting point are my concern in this introduction.
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