Isabel Ermida

List of John Benjamins publications for which Isabel Ermida plays a role.


Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871), two linguistic treatises in disguise, create ingenious fantasy worlds where the rules of language and the conventions of communication are turned upside down. What is (semantically) illogical or… read more
Ermida, Isabel 2017 Chapter 14. Newspaper funnies at the dawn of modernity: Multimodal humour in early American comic stripsDiachronic Developments in English News Discourse, Palander-Collin, Minna, Maura Ratia and Irma Taavitsainen (eds.), pp. 267–293 | Chapter
This article offers a model for the analysis of comics, focusing on a classic of American Sunday newspapers: Outcault’s The Yellow Kid. As an early form of Press humour, these strips provide lavish material for the analysis of multimodal discourse and at the same time lend themselves to a study of… read more
Mark Twain’s famous hoax articles, such as “Petrified Man” (1862) and “A Bloody Massacre near Carson” (1863), are forerunners of a genre – news satire – which blends together social criticism, humour and intentional deception. Unlike the present-day fake news press, represented e.g. by the British… read more
This article represents a pragmatic approach to humorous literature. Specifically, it focuses on the linguistic ways in which Woody Allen renders the broad theme of failure in his Mere Anarchy collection of short stories (2007), simultaneously engendering humour and providing amusement for his… read more