Stylistic Deceptions in Online News

Stylistic Deceptions in Online News

By Ashley Riggs

This book demonstrates the central role played by the stylistic features of online news in constructing meaning and shaping cultural representations of people and places – in particular, France and Muslims/Islam. Taking the 2016 violent attack in Nice, France as a case study, Ashley Riggs analyses online news coverage of the attack from the UK, Spain, and Switzerland, three distinct linguistic and cultural spaces. An innovative mixed-methods approach, including content analysis and elements of translation criticism and comparative stylistics, is used to analyse this corpus, revealing the frequency and influence of stylistic devices found in online news and exploring how they help to shape reader interpretations.

Drawing conclusions about journalistic practices by place and interrogating the notions of 'European identity' and 'European journalism', Stylistic Deceptions in Online News reveals how stylistic features may vary according to both political leanings and national and regional contexts, and the influence these features have upon readers.


List of Tables
1. Introduction
2. Terrorism in “European” News: What Role for Translation Studies?
3. Comparing British, Spanish and Swiss Societies: Politics, Social Attitudes, Language and the News
4. Analysis of Stylistic Features in British, Spanish and French-Language Swiss News
5. Comparative Conclusions
6. Stylistic Features of News as a Catalyst for Change? Lessons for Journalism, Translation Studies and “Europe”
Appendix: List of Articles in the Corpus

Ashley Riggs is a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a member of IAMCR.

The above text is from the publisher’s description of the book:

Title: Stylistic Deceptions in Online News
Author: Ashley Riggs
Published: 2020
Pages: 224
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

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