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Creativity in political discourse

Lillis, Theresa (2016). Creativity in political discourse. In: Hann, David and Lillis, Theresa eds. The politics of langauge and creativity in a globalised world. Milton Keynes: The Open University, pp. 65–113.

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This chapter focuses on exploring creativity in political discourse in three ways:
1 At the level of creation or production. To consider the array of semiotic and linguistic resources that are used to create or produce political discourse, paying particular attention to those features which have an aesthetic dimension or appeal; that is, they are
intended as, or are taken up as, beautiful, pleasing, fun(ny),interesting, unusual, surprising, shocking.
2 At the level of purpose. To consider why particular kinds of creativity are used in political discourse or for political purposes. Of course, it is not possible to know producers’ purposes by looking at their products alone, but they all involve an aspect of persuasion, wanting to convince the audience of particular views and perspectives. However, they do so in different ways, through style, humour, language and image. They may also have a moral or ethical
purpose and, indeed, some theorists emphasise the moral purpose of all aesthetic production (for an overview, see Schellekens, 2008).
3 At the level of value and impact. To consider whether different kinds and instances of creativity in political discourse have different value for political engagement. That is, to consider the extent to which and ways in which they enable, facilitate, affect, influence and shape
people’s involvement and engagement in social and public life and governance.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Open University
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > English Language & Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Language & Literacies
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 48895
Depositing User: Theresa Lillis
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 10:12
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:49
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