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'Black Lives Matter'

Cross-Media Resonance and the Iconic Turn of Language

Author(s): Lucia Abbamonte

Book Description

This volume focuses on the ongoing protest in the US against racial discrimination and racial profiling, which often result in the loss of black lives at the hands of police agents, a phenomenon that has recently attracted unprecedented media attention. The topics dealt with here, such as the relevance of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, are currently included in a variety of education curricula in the US, and, in like manner, this book can be used in first and second level degrees in linguistic and cultural studies, communication, media studies and political sciences. It contains well-developed methodological sections (with tables, figures, graphs and notes), where the tenets of critical discourse analysis are concisely illustrated from its Foucauldian roots up to the more recent developments of multimodal critical discourse analysis and positive discourse analysis, as well as the contribution of the Sidney School with their emphasis on mapping culture through narrative genres and the wealth of resources for discourse analysis provided by the appraisal framework.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0657-2
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0657-6
Date of Publication: 01/04/2018
Pages / Size: 208 / A5
Price: £61.99


Lucia Abbamonte is an Associate Professor of English Language and Translation at the University of Campania – Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy, where she teaches in Masters and PhD courses. Her present interests lie in the fields of (multimodal) critical discourse analysis, as shown in the 2016 volume she co-edited, Mediterranean Heritage in Transit: (Mis-)Representations via English. Her other fields of interest are communication in socially sensitive contexts and through the new media, language in professional practice and mediation, teaching ESP for (neuro)psychology and the cognitive sciences, and the translation and adaptation of scientific texts. She has authored four books and 50 essays, and is a reviewer for international journals. Her 2012 volume Integrated Methodology for Emotion Talk in Socio-legal Exchanges. Politeness, Accommodation and Appraisal Insights foregrounds the need for integrated and text-specific critical approaches.