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Posthumanism and Deconstructing Arguments
Corpora and Digitally-driven Critical Analysis

ISBN 9780415708777
Published April 13, 2017 by Routledge
354 Pages

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Book Description

Posthumanism and Deconstructing Arguments: Corpora and Digitally-driven Critical Analysis presents a new and practical approach in Critical Discourse Studies. Providing a data-driven and ethically-based method for the examination of arguments in the public sphere, this ground-breaking book:

  • Highlights how the reader can evaluate arguments from points of view other than their own;

  • Demonstrates how digital tools can be used to generate ‘ethical subjectivities’ from large numbers of dissenting voices on the world-wide-web;

  • Draws on ideas from posthumanist philosophy as well as from Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari for theorising these subjectivities;

  • Showcases a critical deconstructive approach, using different corpus linguistic programs such as AntConc, WMatrix and Sketchengine.

Posthumanism and Deconstructing Arguments is essential reading for lecturers and researchers with an interest in critical discourse studies, critical thinking, corpus linguistics and digital humanities.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction

Part A Preparing the Ground
Chapter 2 Critical thinking and pedagogical critical discourse analysis
Chapter 3 Deconstruction and Jacques Derrida’s philosophy of language
Chapter 4 Corpus linguistics and digital text analysis

Part B Using big ready-made corpora to generate discursive subjectivities
Chapter 5 Discursive subjectivity
Chapter 6 Bypassing challenges of reconstruction

Part C Making corpora to generate ethical subjectivities
Chapter 7 Ethical subjectivity generated with lemmas
Chapter 8 Ethical subjectivity generated with keywords
Chapter 9 Ethical subjectivity generated rhizomatically  

Part D Reflection: posthuman subjectivities and critical reading
Chapter10 Methodology
Chapter 11 Deterritorialisations


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Kieran O'Halloran is Reader in Applied Linguistics in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King's College London, UK.