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Migra­tion and Media: Dis­cours­es about iden­ti­ties in cri­sis
The socio-dis­cur­sive land­scape sur­round­ing the migra­tion debate is char­ac­terised by a grow­ing sense of cri­sis in both per­son­al and col­lec­tive iden­ti­ties. From this view­point, dis­cours­es about immi­gra­tion are also always attempts at recon­struct­ing the threat­ened ‘home iden­ti­ty’ of the respec­tive host soci­ety. It is such attempts at reassert­ing iden­ti­ty-in-cri­sis (due to migra­tion) that are the focus of the vol­ume Migra­tion and Media: Dis­cours­es about iden­ti­ties in cri­sis. This four-part book explores the rep­re­sen­ta­tion­al strate­gies used to frame cur­rent migra­tion debates as crises of iden­ti­ty, col­lec­tive and indi­vid­ual. It fea­tures four­teen case-stud­ies of vary­ing sets of data includ­ing print media texts, TV broad­casts, online forums, politi­cians’ speech­es, legal and admin­is­tra­tive texts, and oral nar­ra­tives, drawn from dis­cours­es in a range of lan­guages – Croa­t­ian, Eng­lish, French, Ger­man, Greek, Ital­ian, Lithuan­ian, Pol­ish, Russ­ian, Ser­bian, Sloven­ian, Span­ish, and Ukrain­ian – , and it employs dif­fer­ent dis­course-ana­lyt­i­cal meth­ods, such as Argu­men­ta­tion and Metaphor Analy­sis, Gen­dered Lan­guage Stud­ies, Cor­pus-assist­ed Seman­tics and Prag­mat­ics, and Prox­i­miza­tion The­o­ry. Such a diverse range of sources, lan­guages, and approach­es pro­vides inno­v­a­tive method­olog­i­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal analy­sis on migra­tion and iden­ti­ty which will be of inter­est to schol­ars, stu­dents, and pol­i­cy mak­ers work­ing in the fields of migra­tion stud­ies, media stud­ies, iden­ti­ty stud­ies, and social and pub­lic pol­i­cy.
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A com­pan­ion to lit­er­ary biog­ra­phy
A Com­pan­ion to Lit­er­ary Biog­ra­phy offers a com­pre­hen­sive account of lit­er­ary biog­ra­phy span­ning the his­to­ry of the genre across three cen­turies. The edi­tor — an esteemed lit­er­ary biog­ra­ph­er and not­ed expert in the field — has encour­aged con­trib­u­tors to explore the the­o­ret­i­cal and method­olog­i­cal ques­tions raised by the writ­ing of biogra­phies of writ­ers. The text exam­ines how biog­ra­phers have dealt with the lives of clas­sic authors from Chaucer to con­tem­po­rary fig­ures such as Kings­ley Amis.
The Com­pan­ion brings a new per­spec­tive on how lit­er­ary biog­ra­phy enables the read­er to deal with the rela­tion­ship between the writer and their work. Lit­er­ary biog­ra­phy is the most pop­u­lar form of writ­ing about writ­ing, yet it has been large­ly neglect­ed in the aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ty. This vol­ume bridges the gap between lit­er­ary biog­ra­phy as a pop­u­lar genre and its rel­e­vance for the aca­d­e­m­ic study of lit­er­a­ture. This impor­tant work:
* Allows the author of a biog­ra­phy to be treat­ed as part of the process of inter­pre­ta­tion and inves­ti­gates bio­graph­i­cal read­ing as an impor­tant aspect of crit­i­cism
* Exam­ines the birth of lit­er­ary biog­ra­phy at the close of the sev­en­teenth cen­tu­ry and con­sid­ers its expan­sion through the eigh­teenth, nine­teenth and twen­ti­eth cen­turies
* Address­es the sta­tus and writ­ing of lit­er­ary biog­ra­phy from numer­ous per­spec­tives and with regard to var­i­ous sources, method­olo­gies and the­o­ries
* Reviews the ways in which lit­er­ary biog­ra­phy has played a role in our per­cep­tion of writ­ers in the main­stream of the Eng­lish canon from Chaucer to the present day
Writ­ten for stu­dents at the under­grad­u­ate lev­el, through post­grad­u­ate and doc­tor­al lev­els, as well as aca­d­e­mics, A Com­pan­ion to Lit­er­ary Biog­ra­phy illus­trates and accounts for the impor­tance of the lit­er­ary biog­ra­phy as a vital ele­ment of crit­i­cism and as an index to our per­cep­tion of lit­er­ary his­to­ry.
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