Caricaturing Two Revolutions: Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Egyptian Political Cartoons
May Samir El-Falaky
Dr., Arab Academy for Science & Technology, College of Language & Communication, EGYPT, firstname.lastname@example.org
This paper evaluates some editorial cartoons selected from Al-Ahram, an Egyptian newspaper, amidst the 25th of January 2011 and the 30th of June 2013 public revolutions. The study explicates how visual images are intentionally produced to communicate and disseminate ideologies, values and identities in one of the official print media in Egypt. The study draws upon Kress & van Leeuwen (2006) framework of Visual Grammar applied. The analysis of the political cartoons in Al-Ahram reveals political, social, and cultural milieu in Egypt at the time of unrest. The paper proves that through multimodal texts, Al-Ahram is able to inscribe its political and ideological stances to its audience.
Keywords: Semiotic Analysis, Political Cartoon; Visual Grammar; Multimodality; Critical Discourse Analysis; Visuality
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