From victims to survivors: The discourse of trauma in self-narratives of sexual violence in Cosmopolitan UK online

Marinella Rodi-Risberg, Maj-Britt Höglund

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Abstract

This article explores the discourse of trauma in 35 women’s self-narratives of sexual violence in Cosmopolitan UK online from a rarely used theoretical framework that combines critical discourse analysis (CDA) and trauma studies which allows for an examination of how emotions are thematized and emotional bonds are created synthetically with imagined readers. This study demonstrates that while the self-narratives are shaped by dominant discourses of trauma and the policy of the magazine, the circulation of the discursive practices of emotions sometimes disrupt these dominant forms of representation. It is hoped that this study has implications that exceed the scope of women’s online magazines for sociolinguistics of discourse by emphasizing the important part played by emotions in relation to politics and vice versa.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalDiscourse, Context & Media
Volume25
Issue numberOctober
Pages (from-to)114-121
Number of pages8
ISSN2211-6958
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02.05.2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 518 Media and communications
  • Cosmopolitan UK online
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Emotions
  • Empowerment
  • Self-narratives of sexual violence
  • Trauma
  • 612,1 Languages

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