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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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and efficiency, leading the department until the date of her retirement. Not only did Professor Gabriela Duda assemble a team of highly-capable teaching staff, but she also developed an undergraduate and a master’s program which have since trained generations of teachers at all levels in the Romanian Education System. The present-day accomplishments of the Philology Department owe much to Professor Gabriela Duda’s efforts, dedication and fine example of scientific rigor.

Professor Duda’s academic career benefited from a series of teaching abroad programs (a Fulbright scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Department of Romance Philology and a scholarship financed by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications to the International Center for Literary Translators in Arles, as well as to the Bretagne-Sud University in Lorient). Professor Gabriela Duda has taught various courses in fundamental disciplines for the undergraduate program, such as: Introduction to Literary Theory, Romanian Language Stylistics, The Literary Canon and for the master’s program: Romanian Culture in Communism, Information and Manipulation in Mass Media, Popular Culture in the Contemporary Romanian Society. Along her academic career, Professor Duda’s scientific rigor, outstanding teaching and administration ← 7 | 8 → skills have acknowledged her as one of the most respected and renowned members of the teaching staff at the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti and also as one of the most appreciated members of the administrative ranks of the university.

As a researcher, Professor Duda’s reputation has been endorsed by her scientific activity...

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