I joined the Department of Humanities in June 2015. My research interests lie in political communication, specifically the intersection of political discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, cognitive stylistics, and classical rhetoric. I am most concerned with developing audience or reader-centred approaches to political discourse, asking how it is people resist the ideological messages they hear in political speeches, interviews and debates, or read in newspapers, policy documents and conference motions. To do so, I employ a mixture of ethnographic methods from sociolinguistics alongside methods of textual analysis from discourse analysis and stylistics.
Specialist areas of interest
stylistics – particularly cognitive and critical approaches
Critical Discourse Analysis
BA English Language
I teach on a variety of modules that engage with stylistics, discourse analysis and issues related to language, power, ideology and persuasion.
Browse, S., & Hatavara, M. (2019). “I can tell the difference between fiction and reality.” Cross-fictionality and Mind-style in Political Rhetoric. Narrative Inquiry, 29 (2), 332-349. http://doi.org/10.1075/ni.19018.bro
Browse, S., Gibbons, A., & Hatavara, M. (2019). Real fictions: fictionality, factuality and narrative strategies in contemporary storytelling. Narrative Inquiry, 29 (2), 245-267. http://doi.org/10.1075/ni.19025.bro
Browse, S. (2018). From functional to cognitive grammar in stylistic analysis of Golding’s The Inheritors. Journal of Literary Semantics, 47 (2), 121-146. http://doi.org/10.1515/jls-2018-2003
Browse, S. (2016). Revisiting Text World Theory and extended metaphor: Embedding and foregrounding metaphor in the text-worlds of the 2008 financial crash. Language & Literature, 25 (1), 18-37. http://doi.org/10.1177/0963947015608969
Browse, S. (2015). The Communicative Mind: A Linguistic Exploration of Conceptual Integration and Meaning Construction. COGNITIVE LINGUISTICS, 26 (4), 697-701. http://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2015-0033
Browse, S. (2020). Straight talking honest politics: Rhetorical style and ethos in the mediated politics of metamodernity. In Ringrow, H., & Pihlaja, S. (Eds.) Contemporary Media Stylistics. London: Bloomsbury: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/contemporary-media-stylistics-9781350064096/
Browse, S. (2019). 'That's just what we hear on telly all the time, isn't it?' Political discourse and the cognitive linguistic ethnography of critical reception. In Hart, C. (Ed.) Cognitive Linguistic Approaches to Text and Discourse: From Poetics to Politics. (pp. 157-180). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-cognitive-linguistic-approaches-to-text-and-discourse.html
Browse, S. (2018). Reading political minds : "backstage" politics in audience reception. In Kranert, M., & Horan, G. (Eds.) Doing politics : discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. (pp. 333-360). John Benjamins Publishing Company: http://doi.org/10.1075/dapsac.80.14bro
Browse, S. (2017). Between truth, sincerity, and satire: Post-truth politics and the rhetoric of sincerity. In van den Akker, R., Gibbons, A., & Vermeulen, T. (Eds.) Metamodernism : Historicity, Affect and Depth after Postmodernism. (pp. 167-182). New York: Rowman and Littlefield: https://www.rowmaninternational.com/book/metamodernism/3-156-2ecae72f-85e3-46f0-9128-185c40366816
Browse, S. (2016). 'This is not the end of the world’: situating metaphor in the text-worlds of the 2008 British Financial Crisis. In Gavins, J., & Lahey, E. (Eds.) World Building: Discourse in the Mind. (pp. 183-203). London: Bloomsbury: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/world-building-9781472586551/
Browse, S. (2014). Resonant Metaphor in Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go'. In Harrison, C., Nuttall, L., Stockwell, P., & Yuan, W. (Eds.) Cognitive Grammar in Literature. (pp. 69-82). Amsterdam: John Benjamins: https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/lal.17/main
Bell, A., Browse, S., Gibbons, A., & Peplow, D. (Eds.). (2021). Style and Response: Minds, Media, Methods. John Benjamins.
Browse, S. (2018). Cognitive Rhetoric The cognitive poetics of political discourse. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Theses / Dissertations
Johnson, E.R. (2020). Conceptualisations of substance misuse and their potential consequences. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Browse, S. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00289
I am a reviewer for a number of international journals, and for the undergraduate journal, MESH.
I am the course leader for BA English Language.
I welcome applications for research degrees in political discourse, Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Stylistics and Cognitive Stylistics.