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Dr Lisa El Refaie

Overview

Dr Lisa El Refaie Position: Senior Lecturer Email: RefaieEE@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 76338
Extension: 76338
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU.

Research Group

Centre for Language and Communication Research

Postgraduate Students

I am interested in supervising doctoral research in the field of visual and multimodal analysis and, more broadly, media discourse analysis. I am currently supervising a PhD student who is analysing the media orchestration of charitable giving, and have previously (co-)supervised work on the semiotics of sound in film, private and public commemorations of war, and the framing of risk in relation to climate change in British television news.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in visual and multimodal communication, with a particular focus on newspaper cartoons, autobiographical comics (or “graphic memoirs”), and the use of visual storytelling in health campaigns. Much of my work has explored the differences between verbal and visual/multimodal forms of metaphor, irony, and humour.

Selected Publications

El Refaie, E. (2013) Heterosemiosis: Mixing sign systems in graphic narrative texts. Semiotica. Published Online (ahead of print) 16-08-2013, Online ISSN: 1613-3692.

El Refaie, E. (2012) Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. (Mississippi Press); (Amazon.co.uk)

El Refaie, E. (2012) Of men, mice, and monsters: Body images in David Small’s Stitches: A Memoir. The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 3(1): 55-67.

El Refaie, E. (2011) The pragmatics of humor reception: Young people’s responses to a newspaper cartoon. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research 24(1): 87-108.

El Refaie, E. and Hörschelmann, K. (2010) Young people’s readings of a political cartoon and the concept of multimodal literacy. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 31(2): 195-207.

El Refaie, E. (2009) Metaphor in political cartoons: Exploring audience responses. In C. Forceville & E. Urios-Aparisi (eds.) Multimodal Metaphor. Berlin and New York: Mouton-de Gruyter: 173-196.

NB: Please click on ‘Publications’ (above) for a complete list.

Publications

Research Monograph

EAutobiograhical Comicsl Refaie, E. (2012) Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.  (Mississippi Press) (Amazon.co.uk)

Refereed Journal Articles

El Refaie, E. (2014) Appearances and dis/dys-appearances: A dynamic view of embodiment in Conceptual Metaphor Theory. Metaphor and the Social World 4(1).

El Refaie, E. (2014) Looking on the dark and bright side: Creative metaphors of depression in two graphic memoirs. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 29(1).

El Refaie, E. (2013) Heterosemiosis: Mixing sign systems in graphic narrative texts. Semiotica. Published Online (ahead of print) 16-08-2013, Online ISSN: 1613-3692.

El Refaie, E. (2013) Cross-modal resonances in creative multimodal metaphors: Breaking out of conceptual prisons. Review of Cognitive Linguistics (special issue Multimodality and Cognitive Linguistics) 11(2): 236–249.

Hörschelmann, K. and Refaie, E. (2013) Transnational citizenship, dissent and the political geographies of youth. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. Published Online (ahead of print) 18-09-2013, Online ISSN: 1475-566.

El Refaie, E. (2012) Of men, mice, and monsters: Body images in David Small’s Stitches: A Memoir. The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 3(1): 55-67.

El Refaie, E. (2011) The pragmatics of humor reception: Young people’s responses to a newspaper cartoon. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research 24(1): 87-108.

El Refaie, E. (2010) Subjective time in David B’s graphic memoir Epileptic. Studies in Comics 1(2): 281-299.

El Refaie, E. (2010) Visual modality versus authenticity: The example of autobiographical comics. Visual Studies 25(2): 162-174.

El Refaie, E. and Hörschelmann, K. (2010) Young people’s readings of a political cartoon and the concept of multimodal literacy. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 31(2): 195-207.

El Refaie, E. (2009) Multiliteracies: How readers interpret political cartoons. Visual Communication 8(2): 181-205.

El Refaie, E. (2005) ‘Our purebred ethnic compatriots’: Subversive irony in newspaper journalism. Journal of Pragmatics 37(6): 781-797.

El Refaie, E. (2004) Dramatist with a talent for dramatisation: Elfriede Jelinek’s manipulation of the media. German Life and Letters 57(3): 327-341.

El Refaie, E. (2004) Competing discourses about Austria’s Nazi past and racist bomb attacks in the 1990s. Journal of Contemporary European Studies 12(2): 215-230.

El Refaie, E. (2003) Understanding visual metaphor: The example of newspaper cartoons. Visual Communication 2(1): 75-96.

El Refaie, E. (2002) Keeping the truce? Austrian press politics between the July Agreement (1936) and the Anschluss (1938). German History 20(1): 44-66.

El Refaie, E. (2001) Metaphors we discriminate by: Naturalised themes in Austrian newspaper articles about asylum seekers. Journal of Sociolinguistics 5(3): 352-371.

Chapters in Books

Forceville, C., El Refaie, E. and Meesters, G. (2014) Stylistics and comics. In M. Burke (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics. London: Routledge: 485-499.

Hörschelmann, K. and Refaie, E. (2014) Youth citizenship beyond consensus: Examining the role of satire and humour for critical engagements in citizenship education. In D. Buckingham, S. Bragg and M.J. Kehily (eds.) Youth Cultures in the Age of Global Media. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: 225-241.

El Refaie, E. (2013) Transnational Identity as Shape-Shifting: Metaphor and Cultural Resonance in Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese. In S. Denson, C. Meyer, and D. Stein (eds.)Comics at the Crossroads: Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic: 33-47.

El Refaie, E. (2009) Metaphor in political cartoons: Exploring audience responses. In C. Forceville & E. Urios-Aparisi (eds.) Multimodal Metaphor. Berlin and New York: Mouton-de Gruyter: 173-196.

El Refaie, E. (2009) What makes us laugh? Verbo-visual humour in newspaper cartoons. In E. Ventola and J.A. Moya Guijarro (eds.) The World Told and the World Shown: Multisemiotic Issues. London and New York: Palgrave: 75-89.

El Refaie, L. (2006) The Austrian tabloid newspaper Neue Kronen Zeitung and its campaigns against people who ‘foul their own nest’. In J. H. Brinks, S. Rock, E. Timms (eds.) Nationalist Myths and Modern Media: Contested Identities in the Age of Globalization. London: Tauris: 173-186.

El Refaie, E. (2005) Strangers in Schengen Europe: Discursive constructions of refugees in Austrian newspaper texts and images. In J.G Partridge (ed.) Getting into German: Multidisciplinary Linguistic Approaches. Bern: Peter Lang Verlag: 219-243.

Online article

El Refaie, E. (2012) Visual authentication strategies in autobiographical comics. Comics Forum 30.11.2012.

Research

From 2005-2007, I was working on a British Academy funded research project that explored young British people’s interpretations of newspaper cartoons, Editorial Cartoons and Geopolitical Perceptions. It was conducted in collaboration with the Human Geographer Kathrin Hörschelmann from Durham University.

More recently, I have been researching the multimodal narrative forms and functions of so-called ‘graphic narratives’ (serious book-length comics for adults). This work culminated in the publication of a research monograph, Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures, University Press of Mississippi.

My current research focuses on the use of comics for educational purposes (including health care), and, more broadly, on visual/multimodal forms of strategic communication.

Biography

I am originally from Vienna, where I studied Communication and Journalism and worked for several newspapers and news agencies. I wrote my PhD thesis at Bradford University on metaphors in newspaper articles about asylum seekers, and then taught at Plymouth University for four years.

Teaching interests

I am currently teaching Introduction to Human Communication (SE1107), Visual Communication (SE1373), and an MA module in Multimodality (SET010).