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“Remember the ordinary, if you can”: Metaphor, memory and meaning of 9/11 in the leading articles of “The Times of London”


2006 2006

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Abstract (summary)

This study is developed in conjunction with the Center for Applied Phenomenological Research at the University of Tennessee and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, to examine how the editorial pages of The Times of London sought to provide a collective understanding of the events of 9/11 during the first year after the attacks. Leaning on the methods of historiography, phenomenology, and rhetorical analysis, this study offers an interdisciplinary approach to discovering meaning translated through the interrelated processes of conjuring historical memory, inventing novel, figurative terminology, and building narrative structures to frame our understanding of events. This study considers how cultural memories of traumatic, public events are created, arguing that the shaping of collective memory and the development of historical narrative are tightly interconnected through the language we share and create with others. Results indicate that these editorialists cultivated an awareness of time that was steeped in culturally-salient narrative traditions, staging an historical drama in The Times, and were therefore always highly conscious of the interaction between the editorials as story and readers as audience.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Language;
Journalism;
History;
Psychology
Classification
0679: Language
0391: Journalism
0582: History
0621: Psychology
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Psychology; Language, literature and linguistics; Meaning; Memory; Metaphor; September 11, 2001; Times of London
Title
“Remember the ordinary, if you can”: Metaphor, memory and meaning of 9/11 in the leading articles of “The Times of London”
Author
Snellen, Anne
Number of pages
282
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0226
Source
DAI-A 67/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542884351
Advisor
Pollio, Howard; Reiff, Mary Jo
University/institution
The University of Tennessee
University location
United States -- Tennessee
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3235515
ProQuest document ID
304976914
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304976914
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