Metaphor, Nation and Discourse

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Ljiljana Šarić and Mateusz-Milan Stanojević (eds.). Metaphor, Nation and Discourse. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2019.

This edited volume examines how metaphors and related phenomena (metonymies, symbols, cultural models, stereotypes) lead to the discursive construal of a common element that brings the nation together. The central idea is that metaphor use must be questioned to lay bare the processes and the discursive power behind them. The chapters examine a range of contemporary and historical, monomodal and multimodal discourses, including politicians’ discourse, presidential speeches, newspapers, TV series, Catholic homilies, colonialist discourse, and various online sources. The approaches taken include political science, international relations, cultural studies, and linguistics. All contributions feature discursive constructivist views of metaphor, with clear sociocultural grounding, and the notion of metaphor as a framing device in constructing various aspects of nations and national identity. The volume will appeal to scholars in discourse analysis, metaphor studies, media studies, nationalism studies, and political science.
(source: John Benjamins,

Romanticism and the cultures of infancy

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Martina Domines Veliki, Cian Duffy (eds.). Romanticism and the cultures of infancy. Cham : Springer Nature, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

This collection of essays explores the remarkable range and cultural significance of the engagement with ‘infancy’ during the Romantic period. Taking its point of departure in the commonplace claim that the Romantics invented childhood, the book traces that engagement across national boundaries, in the visual arts, in works of educational theory and natural philosophy, and in both fiction and non-fiction written for children. Essays authored by scholars from a range of national and disciplinary backgrounds reveal how Romantic-period representations of and for children constitute sites of complex discursive interaction, where ostensibly unrelated areas of enquiry are brought together through common tropes and topoi associated with infancy. Broadly new-historicist in approach, but drawing also on influential theoretical descriptions of genre, discipline, mediation, cultural exchange, and comparative methodologies, the collection also seeks to rethink the idea of a clear-cut dichotomy between Enlightenment and Romantic conceptions of infancy.
(source: Palgrave Macmillan, )

Beyond the 49th Parallel: Many Faces of the Canadian North (eng)


Beyond the 49th Parallel : Many Faces of the Canadian North / Au-delà du 49ème parallèle : multiples visages du Nord canadien, Évaine Le Calvé-Ivičević and Vanja Polić (eds.). Central European Association of Canadian Studies. Brno: Masaryk University Press, 2018.

The volume is a collection of essays on the different issues regarding the North, as observed from the perspective of Canadian studies. Since Canada as a whole can be considered the “North,” the volume includes a scope of multidisciplinary texts that question a whole range of “Norths” in the past and present, and in a variety of areas, from founding narratives to land management policies and social issues, to literature and other artistic genres. Each of these areas highlights a different kind of “nordicity” for, beyond geography, “the North” embraces a wide scope of meanings and symbolic values. Divided into five parts, the contributions in this volume provide a kaleidoscopic presentation of topics in this vast explorative project of the equally vast space that is the North.

Strategic Meaning Construal Using Words and Images: Cognitive motivation in second language learning


Renata Geld, Mateusz-Milan Stanojević. Strategic Meaning Construal Using Words and Images: Cognitive motivation in second language learning. Zagreb : Srednja Europa, 2018.

The book gives an overview of research conducted over the period of ten years and pertaining to factors affecting meaning construal in L2. It focuses on bimodal representation of meaning in the process of strategic meaning construal, that is it describes ways of how learners of L2 (with different educational backgrounds, different L1s, and different perceptual experience) construct meaning and strategically represent it using words and images (drawings).

Spatial Minds: Conceptual Correlations of Spatial Prepositions in Hungarian, Croatian and English


Irena Zovko Dinković, Linda Gros. Spatial Minds: Conceptual Correlations of Spatial Prepositions in Hungarian, Croatian and English. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.

Many human experiences are interpreted with the help of spatial concepts, which is why spatial language is prevalent in every aspect of human life. However, to what extent is spatial language connected to spatial conceptualization? Has this conceptualization altered due to global communication and new technologies, becoming more similar across languages? This book investigates the similarities and differences between conceptual and morphological spatial categories in three different languages: namely, Hungarian, Croatian and English. To this end, a set of concepts of nine basic spatial expressions involving the prepositions in, on and at is analyzed both morphologically and psycholinguistically, in order to shed light on their mutual relationship in language and in the mind. The research is presented in a clear and simple manner, making the book accessible to students of linguistics and language enthusiasts, and providing a concise introduction to the basic tenets of various approaches to spatial language.