Re/reading the past

Critical and functional perspectives on time and value

J.R. Martin | University of Sydney
ORCID logoRuth Wodak | University of Vienna
ISBN 9789027226983 (Eur) | EUR 110.00
ISBN 9781588114310 (USA) | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027296023 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
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Re/reading the Past 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).
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“This volume provides multiple models of approaching historical discourse from a critical perspective, enabling the comparison and evaluation of different approaches to data and frameworks for analysis, as well as encouraging dialogue between CDA and SFL. It is a valuable resource for understanding how texts and contexts interact in the construction of evaluation and interpretation in history.”

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2003057867