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Media Discourse

Representation and Interaction

Mary Talbot

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This lively and accessible study of media and discourse combines theoretical reflection with empirical engagement, and brings together insights from a range of disciplines. Within media and cultural studies, the study of media texts is dominated by an exclusive focus on representation. This book adds long overdue attention to social interaction.

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Contents

PART I: KEY ISSUES IN ANALYSING MEDIA DISCOURSE
1. Introduction: Media and Discourse
2. Reconfigurations
3. Texts and Positioning
4. Dialogism and 'voice'
PART II: REPRESENTATION AND INTERACTION
5. Simulated Interaction
6. Interpersonal Meaning in Broadcast Texts: Representing Social Identities and Relationships
7. Production Communities and Audience Communities
8. Interactivity.

About the Author

Mary Talbot is a Reader in Language and Culture at the University of Sunderland. She has extensive teaching and research experience in discourse, media and gender. Her previous books include Language and Gender (1998), ‘All the World and Her Husband’: Women in 20th-Century Consumer Culture (with Maggie Andrews, 2000) and Language and Power in the Modern World (with Karen Atkinson and David Atkinson, EUP, 2003).

Reviews

Talbot explores three distinct sites of interaction involving media discourse in great detail, offering a valuable insight into the way in which modern media discourse works in our life... Her detailed analysis of media interactions proves to be a successful demonstration for newcomers to this field. In addition, activities and further reading at the end of each chapter and a glossary of key terms at the end of the book make the book highly accessible and readable. Written in a clear and lively way, this book is worth recommending to anyone who is interested in discourse studies.
- Song Guo, Tianjin University of Commerce, Discourse and Communication

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