Discourse and affect

Tommaso M. Milani, John E. Richardson

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This introductory article lays some theoretical ground that stimulated this special issue: first, the argument that affect is not “in”, or indeed “outside of” the individual or the social, but relates to the circulation of emotion between different sites, objects or bodies; and, second, that how this circulation of emotion works, in and through discourse, has not been sufficiently taken up and explored by semioticians, linguists and (critical) discourse analysts. Through adopting a range of theoretical and analytic insights, applied to a wide variety of discursive/empirical materials generated, produced and consumed in diverse geopolitical contexts, the articles in his special issue make a significant contribution to our understanding of the ways that affect “circulates” through semiosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-676
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Semiotics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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