Lecture to focus on nationalist ideologies and newspapers

UST students, staff and faculty are invited to the 2007-2008 English Department Colloquium Series.

The third and final fall semester event of the series is a lecture, "Intertextuality and the Representations of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Constructing Nationalist Ideologies in News Discourse," by Dr. Juan Li of the St. Thomas English Department.

Li’s talk will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the O’Shaughnessy Room (Room 108) of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. Light refreshments will be served.

As one of the most important sites in which and through which national identities are imagined, national newspapers play particularly important roles in generating and disseminating nationalist ideologies. Focusing on intertextuality and language use in two national newspapers in the United States and China, this presentation will explore the discursive relationship between language use and the construction of nationalist ideologies within news texts during moments of national conflict.

Specifically, it will look at how news texts assimilate, echo and bring together different discourse voices, styles and genres, and how these intertextual borrowings function to create a polarized world of "us" and "them," constructing particular versions of reality and nationalist ideologies.

Questions about the colloquium series can be directed to the English Department at (651) 962-5600.