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Information and Persuasion

Studies in Linguistics, Literature, Culture, and Discourse Analysis

Edited By Maria-Ionela Neagu and Domnita Tomescu

This transdisciplinary study gathers research papers that reveal the multifarious facets of the concept of «persuasion». It is argued that regardless of its degree of intentionality, the act of persuasion underlying each information item prompts the interlocutors to cross the borders of political, historical, linguistic, narrative, psychotherapeutic, and even marketing configurations. The contributors’ contention is that political thinking and ideology-grounded linguistic patterns act as a form of social control, both informing and shaping the sense of identity of the manipulated masses and of the oppressed.

«Taking a sociolinguistic turn, this volume of interesting scholarly works addresses matters of ideological loadings in a variety of genres, contributing to the development of new research paradigms.» – Bledar Toska, University of Vlora «Ismail Qemali»

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Conceptualizing emotions Fear, love, anger, and the Holocaust (Maria-Ionela Neagu)


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Maria-Ionela Neagu Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti

Conceptualizing emotions Fear, love, anger, and the Holocaust

Abstract: Advocating a cognitive perspective inspired by developmental theories and Conceptual Metaphor Theory, this chapter investigates the conceptual metaphors and metonymies of anger, fear, and love featuring in Anne Frank’s Diary, highlighting the emotions and relationships among the members of the Annex as well as Anne’s capacity of psychological resilience as she evolves into a “pre-emerging adult child”.

1.  Emotions – a brief inventory of main approaches

Emotions have received scholarly attention from various perspectives, namely psychological, neurolinguistic, cognitive, anthropological, biological, and sociocultural. Despite approaching emotions from a variety of angles, these investigations keep pinpointing their dual character rooted in any of the following dichotomies: positive-negative values (Aristotle’s passions as “pleasures and pains” in Dow 2015), beneficial-disruptive effects (Arnold 1960; Strongman 2003, 79), rational-interactionist grounding (Frankenberg 1993; Harré and Parrott (eds.) 1996), universal-specific nature (Kövecses 2004), constructive-destructive occurrence (Ekman 2003), and others. Desmet (2002, 7–11) succeeds in grouping these approaches into three main categories, namely: the evolutionary perspective that focuses upon the individual’s adaptive behavior (Darwin 1872/1998); the bodily-feedback perspective foregrounding the individual’s physical reactions that help one differentiate among emotions (James 1884, 1894); and finally, the cognitive perspective that combines the previous two frames dealing with the external stimuli that elicit certain emotions depending on whether the stimuli are appraised as beneficial or harmful (Arnold 1960).

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