A Discourse Perspective on Daniel O'Connell's Repeal Movement

A Discourse Perspective on Daniel O'Connell's Repeal Movement

There is no doubt that Daniel O’Connell can be hailed as a towering figure of nineteenth-century Irish politics. In this book, however, a different angle is taken on O’Connell’s centrality to Irish public discourse. Thus, rather than adding to the vast body of research works on O’Connell’s politics or the history of Catholic Emancipation and Repeal, this study provides a discourse perspective on the Liberator’s oratorical skills, along with the general perception of O’Connell as shaped by the press of his age. What rhetorical strategies did O’Connell implement in order to persuade the Catholics of Ireland that he was the man to make their voice heard by the British authorities?; How were O’Connell’s figure, his followers and his ideology assessed by nationalist and unionist print media? The volume addresses these research questions by combining the study of public speaking with news discourse within an integrated approach to the Irish public sphere in the early 1840s.


Davide Mazzi is Associate Professor of English at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. His research interests concentrate on legal, political and news discourse, which he has explored mainly in an Irish context. His recent publications include “Phraseology, Argumentation and Identity in the Supreme Court of Ireland’s Judgments on Language Policy” in Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (2018); Views of Place, Views of Irishness. Representing the Gaeltacht in the Irish Press, 1895-1905 (2019); and A Discourse Perspective on Bunreacht na hÉireann. A Sound Constitution? (2020).

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ISBN: 1-5275-7728-7

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-7728-2

Release Date: 1st February 2022

Pages: 160

Price: £58.99