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Dr Sam Browse BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Lecturer In English Language


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.

  • About

    Specialist areas of interest

    Political discourse
    critical reception
    stylistics – particularly cognitive and critical approaches
    cognitive linguistics
    Critical Discourse Analysis

  • Teaching

    Subject area



    BA English Language
    BA English


    Language, Identity and Power
    Reading and the Mind
    Digital Communication

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Browse, S. (in press) Cognitive Rhetoric: The Cognitive Poetics of Political Discourse. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Journal articles and chapters 

    Browse, S. (forthcoming, 2018) ‘Reading political minds: “Backstage” politics in audience reception’. In Kranert, M. & Horan, G. (eds) ‘Doing Politics’: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. Amsterdam: John Benjamins 

    Browse, S. (2017) ‘Between truth, sincerity, and satire: Post-truth politics and the rhetoric of sincerity’. In van den Akker, R., Gibbons, A. and Vermeulen, T. (eds) Metamodernism: Historicity, Affect and Depth after Postmodernism. New York: Rowman and Littlefield 

    Browse, S. (2017) ‘Review – Musolff, Andreas: Political Metaphor Analysis: Discourse and Scenarios’. CADAAD Journal. 8(2):157-160 

    Browse, S. (2016) “‘This is not the end of the world’: Situating metaphor in the text-worlds of the 2008 economic crisis”. In: Gavins, J. and Lahey, E. (eds) World Building: Discourse in the Mind. London: Bloomsbury 

    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): 8-37 

    Browse, S. (2015) ‘Review – Line, Brandt: The Communicative Mind: A Linguistic Exploration of Conceptual Integration and Meaning Construction’. Cognitive Linguistics. 26(4): 697-701 

    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. Amsterdam: John Benjamins”

  • Other activities

    I am a reviewer for a number of international journals, and for the undergraduate journal, MESH.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    I welcome applications for research degrees in political discourse, Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Stylistics and Cognitive Stylistics.

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