© 2013

Real Talk: Reality Television and Discourse Analysis in Action

  • Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich
      Pages 1-6
  3. The Reality of Discourse and Discourse Analysis: Theory, Approaches, Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich, Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
      Pages 9-23
    3. Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich
      Pages 24-39
  4. Reality Television and Identity

  5. Reality Television and Aggression

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 288-296

About this book


This is the first book to examine the discourse of reality television. Chapters provide rigorous case studies of the discourse practices that characterise a wide range of generic and linguistic/cultural contexts, including dating shows in China and Spain, docudramas in Argentina and New Zealand, and talent shows in the UK and USA.


discourse discourse analysis emotion evolution identity Nation nationality poverty religiosity television USA

Editors and affiliations

  • Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    • 1
  • Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of English Language and LinguisticsSwansea UniversityUK
  2. 2.University of North CarolinaCharlotteUSA

About the editors

Monika Bednarek, University of Sydney, Australia José Luis Blas-Arroyo, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain Patricia Bou-Franch, University of Valencia, Spain Jonathan Culpeper, Lancaster University, UK Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA Cynthia Gordon, Syracuse University, USA Oliver Holmes, previously of Lancaster University, UK Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, Swansea University, UK María Laura Pardo, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina Philippa K. Smith, AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand Andrew Tolson, De Montfort University, UK

Bibliographic information


'Overall, the collection convincingly offers insights into theories, methodologies and topics of relevance to the study of language use in reality TV shows from a discourse analytic perspective. This carefully edited work is highly recommended for scholars working in media linguistics and discourse analysis, especially those who work on identity construction, (im)politeness and genre.' - Journal of Pragmatics