Studies in Honour of Giuseppina Cortese
Edited By Sandra Campagna, Elana Ochse, Virginia Pulcini and Martin Solly
The sections in the volume are designed as main threads of a new investigation into ‘languaging’. The first, entitled Languaging Awareness, deals with recent findings in applied linguistics, exploring key topics in language acquisition, language learning and teaching and the changing role of the media. The second section, Languaging Identity, prioritizes the theme of the construction of identity in text and talk within a linguistic and languaging framework. The third section, Languaging Community, explores the notion of community, of the lifeworld and the textworld emanating from a variety of domains, closely inspecting contemporary events and showing, on a continuum with Cortese’s approach, how memory of the past gives depth of meaning to a discourse analysis that is geared to linguistic and textual awareness.
Self and Society: Art and Identity Formation in Billy Elliot
I have selected this particular work of art since: a) language and identity represents a major theme of this volume, b) artistically speaking, Billy Elliot is an excellent film, as attested by the 13 BAFTA nominations and the 3 Oscar nominations the work received, c) the theme it deals with is equally relevant today as it was in the eighties, especially given present youth unemployment levels, the consequent reduced emphasis on self-fulfilment and, its counterpart, the focus on work for mere survival – a backward slide to the 18th century.
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