Language and Manipulation in House of Cards

A Pragma-Stylistic Perspective

  • Sandrine Sorlin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sandrine Sorlin
    Pages 1-32
  3. Sandrine Sorlin
    Pages 65-105
  4. Sandrine Sorlin
    Pages 193-228
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-267

About this book


This book is to date the first monograph-length study of the popular American political TV series House of Cards. It proposes an encompassing analysis of the first three seasons from the unusual angles of discourse and dialogue. The study of the stylistic idiosyncrasies of the ruthless main protagonist, Frank Underwood, is completed by a pragmatic and cognitive approach exposing the main characters’ manipulative strategies to win over the other. Taking into account the socio-cultural context and the specificities of the TV medium, the volume focuses on the workings of interaction as well as the impact of the direct address to the viewer. The book critically uses the latest theories in pragmatics and stylistics in its attempt at providing a pragma-rhetorical theory of manipulation.

Sandrine Sorlin is Professor of English language and linguistics at Aix-Marseille University and specialises in stylistics and pragmatics. She is a member of the LERMA research team and a Fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF). She is also the current chair of the French society for English stylistics (Société de Stylistique Anglaise).


manipulation language and power impoliteness rapport management discourse analysis face-work arts cognition film and television language linguistics media pragmatics social science sociolinguistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Sandrine Sorlin
    • 1
  1. 1.Aix Marseille univ, LERMA, Aix-en-Provence Institut Universitaire de FranceAix-en-ProvenceFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-55847-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55848-0
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