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dc.title Representations of Ebola and its victims in liberal American newspapers en
dc.contributor.author Trčková, Dita
dc.relation.ispartof Topics in Linguistics
dc.identifier.issn 1337-7590 OCLC, Ulrich, Sherpa/RoMEO, JCR
dc.date.issued 2015
utb.relation.volume 16
utb.relation.issue 1
dc.citation.spage 29
dc.citation.epage 41
dc.type article
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Walter de Gruyter GmbH
dc.identifier.doi 10.2478/topling-2015-0009
dc.relation.uri http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/topling.2015.16.issue-1/topling-2015-0009/topling-2015-0009.xml
dc.subject critical discourse analysis en
dc.subject distant suffering en
dc.subject Ebola en
dc.subject liberal American newspapers en
dc.subject metaphoric conceptualizations en
dc.subject reflexive identification en
dc.subject victims en
dc.description.abstract Combining critical discourse analysis and the cognitive theory of metaphor, the study analyses hard news on Ebola from two American newspapers of a liberal political orientation, The New York Times and The New York Daily News, to investigate metaphoric representations of the disease and portrayals of its victims. It is revealed that both newspapers heavily rely on a single conceptual metaphor of EBOLA AS WAR, with only two alternative metaphors of EBOLA AS AN ANIMATE/HUMAN BEING and EBOLA AS A NATURAL CATASTROPHE employed. All three metaphoric themes assign the role of a culprit solely to the virus, which stands in contrast to non-metaphoric discursive allocations of blame for the situation in Africa, assigning responsibility mainly to man-made factors. African victims tend to be impersonalized and portrayed as voiceless and agentless, rarely occupying the role of a "fighter" in the military metaphoric representation of the disease, which runs counter to the findings of recent studies detecting a change towards a more positive image of Africa in the media. Both newspapers fail to represent infected ordinary Africans as sovereign agents, hindering readers from reflexively identifying with them. en
utb.faculty Faculty of Humanities
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10563/1006185
utb.identifier.obdid 43874090
utb.identifier.scopus 2-s2.0-84955313136
utb.identifier.wok 000438103400003
utb.source j-scopus
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-28T10:37:56Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-28T10:37:56Z
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.rights.access openAccess
utb.contributor.internalauthor Trčková, Dita
utb.wos.affiliation [Trckova, Dita] Tomas Bata Univ Zlin, Fac Humanities, Dept Modern Languages & Literatures, Mostni 5139, Zlin 76001, Czech Republic
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