Re/reading the past

Critical and functional perspectives on time and value

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| University of Sydney
| University of Vienna
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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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Table of Contents
Introduction
J.R. Martin and Ruth Wodak
1–16
I. Constructing time and value
Making history: Grammar for interpretation
J.R. Martin
19–57
II. Recent past
News as history: Your daily gossip
Peter R.R. White
61–89
Challenging media censoring: Writing between the lines in the face of stringent restrictions
Christine Anthonissen
91–112
III. Distant past
The discursive construction of individual memories: How Austrian “Wehrmacht” soldiers remember WWII
Gertraud Benke and Ruth Wodak
115–138
The languages of the past: On the re-construction of a collective history through individual stories
Florian Menz
139–175
Orthopraxy, writing and identity: Shaping lives through borrowed genres in Congo
Jan Blommaert
177–194
History as discourse; discourse as history: “The rise of modern China” — A history exhibition in post-colonial Hong Kong
John Flowerdew
195–216
IV. Yesteryear
Reconstruals of the past — settlement or invasion?: The role of JUDGEMENT analysis
Caroline Coffin
219–246
Pearl Harbor in Japanese high school history textbooks: The grammar and semantics of responsibility
Christopher Barnard
247–271
Index
273–275
“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.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2003057867