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Books: Pragmatics: Martin et al (eds)

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  1. paul, Re/reading the past: Martin et al(eds)

Message 1: Re/reading the past: Martin et al(eds)

Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 13:53:19 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: Re/reading the past: Martin et al(eds)

Title: Re/reading the past
Subtitle: Critical and functional perspectives on time and value
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 8

Publication Year: 2003

Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: 

Editor: J.R. Martin, University of Sydney 
 Ruth Wodak, University of Vienna 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114317, Pages: vi, 277 pp., Price: USD 90.00

Comment: Hardback: ISBN: 9027226989, Pages: vi, 277 pp., Price: EUR 90.00


Re/reading the Past is concerned with the discourses of history, from
the c omplementary 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 whi ch compete for official
acknowledgement. Issues of collective and cultural memory are
addressed, reflecting the "linguistic turn" in the Social Scienc
es. 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 timel y in its focus on the construction of time and
value in a post-colonial wor ld where history discourses are central
to on-going processes of reconcilia tion, 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 histo rians,
political scientists and discourse analysts as well as students and
teachers of ESP (English for Specific Purposes) and EAP (English for
Academ ic Purposes).

Table of contents

J.R. Martin and Ruth Wodak 1
I. Constructing time and value: Semiotic resources 
Making history: Grammar for interpretation
J.R. Martin 
II. Recent past: Telling stories 
News as history: Your daily gossip
Peter R.R. White 
Challenging media censoring: Writing between the lines in the face of
stringent restrictions
Christine Anthonissen 
III. Distant past: Making history 
The discursive construction of individual memories: How Austrian 
ehrmacht soldiers remember 
Gertraud Benke and Ruth Wodak 
The languages of the past: On the re-construction of a collective
history through individual stories
Florian Menz 
Orthopraxy, writing and identity: Shaping lives through borrowed genres in 
Jan Blommaert 
History as discourse; discourse as history: The rise of modern China A
history exhibition in post-colonial Hong Kong
John Flowerdew 
IV. Yesteryear: Instilling memories 
Reconstruals of the past settlement or invasion? The role of JUDGEMENT
Caroline Coffin 
Pearl Harbor in Japanese high school history textbooks: The grammar
and semantics of responsibility
Christopher Barnard 


Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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