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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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Sandra Cisneros and Jhumpa Lahiri in dialogue on culture (Anca Dobrinescu)

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Anca DobrinescuPetroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti

Sandra Cisneros and Jhumpa Lahiri in dialogue on culture

Focusing on contemporary writings whose selection has been prompted by their authors sharing the condition of in-between cultures, the paper aims at investigating the new role fiction is expected to play in the contemporary context, whose more and more obvious characteristics are frontierlessness, heterogeneity, hybridity, and cultural commingling.

1.  Introduction

As contemporary society has changed culturally from monolithic to hybrid, “creating fictional universes […] with the ‘other’ as a more and more visibly given in society has meant bringing cultural differences and crossings into the foreground” (Sauerberg 2001, 119).

In the postmodern, postcolonial age, in which the traditional frameworks of reference the individuals used to base their identity on have disappeared, contemporary fictions aim at gaining insight into the complicated issue of culture and persuading readers how detrimental to the proper functioning of societies ignorance of the other can be. They thus try to provide answers to questions related to the crisis of the contemporary world, mainly that of communication between cultures, on the one hand, and to those raised by the problematic identity of the contemporary individual, on the other. They “are [therefore] interesting precisely for their ability to locate themselves in the interstices, the spaces between national cultures, genders and histories” (Morrison 2003, 7).

The assumption we start from is that

[t]he modern writer […] increasingly uses...

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