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Title: The multimodal construction of acceptability : Marvel's Civil War comic books and the PATRIOT Act
Authors: Veloso, FOD 
Bateman, J
Keywords: 9/11
Comics
Marvel comics
Multimodal discourse analysis
Multimodality
Textuality
Usa patriot act
Visual narrative
Issue Date: 2013
Source: Critical discourse studies, 2013, v. 10, no. 4, p. 427-443 How to cite?
Journal: Critical Discourse Studies 
Abstract: 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/18462
ISSN: 1740-5904
DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2013.813776
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