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Student
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Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Ekaterina Guskova
The Metaphoric Image of Russia in the French Press (on the Base of “Liberation”)
Andrei Botchkarev
Political Linguistics
(Master’s programme)
7
2016
The development of country's image is one of crucial questions for government. As is well known mass media influence the way people look at the world, make them change their views about political situations, people and country. The aim of this paper is to explore specifics of the metaphorical image of Russia in political discourse on the base of french newspaper.

Emperical data is 244 articles and 63 metaphors wich are handpicked in the french newspaper "Liberation". In this research the metaphors are analyzed by putting into practice component analysis and quantitative one. We believe the combination of qualitative and quantitative methods shows objective results.

The paper includes description of metaphorical models, some charts, the main topics of the articles and comparison the metaphorical image of Russia before and after the annexation of Crimea. The main discursive practices of the French edition 'Liberation' consists of the following metaphorical-model: GAME, WAR, SPACE THEATRE, PERSONIFICATION, WEATHER, TRAFFIC, FAUNA, EMPIRE, ORGANISM. Negative metaphorical images of Russia significantly outweigh the positive. The results prove that the anxiety about Russia goes equal with the topic of Ukraine.

The findings of this research can be useful for development the image of our country. A possible direction for further research can be a comparison of the metaphorical image of Russia on the base of two or more national political discourses.

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