Discourse and Power An Introduction to Critical Narratology: Who Narrates Whom?
Discourse and Power: An Introduction to Critical Narratology: Who Narrates Whom? is both an introduction to discourse research and an application of the concept of discourse to the problem of power.
Divided into two sections, Part One is a presentation of the most important theories of discourse in which the link between discourse and power or language and power is central. It provides a critical overview of the most important discourse theories: Foucault, Bourdieu, Fairclough and Greimas’s structural semiotics. In Part Two, the section on practice, the insights gained in the first part of the book are applied to analyses of particular discourses and their involvement in power relations. Ranging from psychiatric, legal, political, literary and scientific discourses, examples include the presidential speeches of Obama, Trump and Biden and the novels of Camus and Pirandello. The book demonstrates that it is possible in theoretical discourse to reduce the power factor to a minimum, improve theoretical innovation, and thus pave the way for new insights in social sciences.
This is an important and timely text from a leading scholar, suitable for use in discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis and rhetoric courses.
Introduction: Language and Power
PART ONE: THEORY
I. How We Think and are Being Thought: From Michel Foucault to Louis Althusser and Michel Pêcheux
II. Power and Authority in Language: Pierre Bourdieu’s Authorised Language and Jan Blomaert’s Voice
III. “Critical Discourse Analysis”: Norman Fairclough’s Linguistic Perspective
IV. From Structural Semiotics to the Sociology of Texts: Discourse and Power
PART TWO: PRACTICE
V. Who Narrates Whom? Ideology, Stigma and Narrative Control of the Subject in Luigi Pirandello and Erving Goffman
VI. The Submission of the Subject to the Discourses of the Law: From Albert Camus’s The Outsider to Artur London’s On Trial
VII. The Discourses of the Presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden: Modalities, Helpers and Actants
VIII. The Power Factor in Sociological Discussions: Who Narrates Whom?
Outlook: Power – Discourse – Fear