Re/reading the past

Critical and functional perspectives on time and value

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  • Editors: J.R. Martin1, and Ruth Wodak2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027296023

<i>Re/reading the Past </i>is concerned with the discourses of history, from the complementary perspectives of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). The papers in the book stress the discursive construction of the past, focussing on the different social narratives which compete for official acknowledgement. Issues of collective and cultural memory are addressed, reflecting the "linguistic turn" in the Social Sciences. The book covers a range of discourses, interpreting texts from popular culture to academic discourse including the construction and evaluation of past events in a variety of places around the world. It is especially timely in its focus on the construction of time and value in a post-colonial world where history discourses are central to on-going processes of reconciliation, debates on war crimes, and the issues of amnesty and restitution. As such the book fills a significant gap in interdisciplinary debates as well as in register and genre analysis, and will be of general interest to historians, political scientists and discourse analysts as well as students and teachers of ESP (English for Specific Purposes) and EAP (English for Academic Purposes).

Subjects: Functional linguistics; Pragmatics; Discourse studies

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Sydney; 2: University of Vienna

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