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Veloso, Francisco O. D. and John A. Bateman. "The multimodal construction of acceptability: Marvel’s civil war comic books and the patriot act." Critical Discourse Studies 10. (2013): 427–43. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2013.813776
BibTeX citation key: Veloso2013
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Keywords: "Civil War", 9/11, Discourse analysis, Intermediality, Politics, Superhero, Terrorism, USA
Creators: Bateman, Veloso
Collection: Critical Discourse Studies
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The 9/11 attacks in the USA had profound political consequences at both domestic and international levels. Specific and controversial policy developments were pursued requiring substantial legitimation to find acceptance. A prime example was the USA PATRIOT Act, which was passed in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and subsequently received considerable critique due to the sweeping nature of its redefinition of what was acceptable in the cause of ‘fighting terror’. The media, and their construal of events and policies, played a significant role in the necessary process of legitimation. In this paper, we explore how one particular area of the media, the superhero comic book, was also active in this regard. By focusing specifically on the multimodal meaning construction within Marvel’s Civil War comics series, we suggest how a close multimodal discourse analysis can shed further light on the mechanisms by which particular discourse contexts of public opinion are propagated.
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