Publication details

Representation of Natural Catastrophes in Newspaper Discourse



Year of publication 2014
Type Monograph
Description The monograph is a research on the representation of natural catastrophes in newspapers published in Western Englishspeaking countries. It aims to reveal whom the newspaper discourse puts the blame on for the damage and destruction (whether the catastrophe is portrayed as a joint outcome of the natural phenomenon and social factors), how the discourse deals with the tension between natural disasters and the Enlightenment ideology of superiority of humankind over nature, and what are common discursive strategies dramatizing the events. The methodology of the research is critical discourse analysis, with the focus on the exploration of semantic macrostructures of the articles, lexical and syntactical analysis, and investigation of the narrative structure of victim stories.