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Article: The last romantic hero: Lech Watȩsa's image-building in TV presidential debates

TitleThe last romantic hero: Lech Watȩsa's image-building in TV presidential debates
Authors
KeywordsLech walȩsa
Polish.
Political discourse
Self-presentation
Television debates
Issue Date1998
Citation
Text, 1998, v. 18 n. 4, p. 525-544 How to Cite?
AbstractIn this paper we analyze the strategies of Lech Walȩsa's image-building as a powerful leader of the nation. We argue that Walȩsa realizes three different versions of his leadership which are founded on the following defining criteria: his anti-Communism, heroism and working-class background. The paper is based upon the transcripts of two 1995 television presidential debates between Walȩsa and his counter candidate, Aleksander Kwaśniewski. Following broadly Goffman's work on self-presentation and the social constructionist approach to discourse, we argue that Walȩsa linguistically constructs his image in these debates situating himself within long-standing tradition of the Polish Romantic hero. We draw parallels between his projected self-image and the well-established characters from the Polish nineteenth century literature and pre-World War II Polish history. Given that these literary and historical traditions have a strong presence in the heritage and the collective consciousness of the Polish nation, Walȩsa positions himself as a credible candidate who is both their inheritor and continutator. © Walter de Gruyter.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/147144
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dc.contributor.authorGalasiński, Den_HK
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dc.date.issued1998en_HK
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dc.description.abstractIn this paper we analyze the strategies of Lech Walȩsa's image-building as a powerful leader of the nation. We argue that Walȩsa realizes three different versions of his leadership which are founded on the following defining criteria: his anti-Communism, heroism and working-class background. The paper is based upon the transcripts of two 1995 television presidential debates between Walȩsa and his counter candidate, Aleksander Kwaśniewski. Following broadly Goffman's work on self-presentation and the social constructionist approach to discourse, we argue that Walȩsa linguistically constructs his image in these debates situating himself within long-standing tradition of the Polish Romantic hero. We draw parallels between his projected self-image and the well-established characters from the Polish nineteenth century literature and pre-World War II Polish history. Given that these literary and historical traditions have a strong presence in the heritage and the collective consciousness of the Polish nation, Walȩsa positions himself as a credible candidate who is both their inheritor and continutator. © Walter de Gruyter.en_HK
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dc.subjectLech walȩsaen_HK
dc.subjectPolish.en_HK
dc.subjectPolitical discourseen_HK
dc.subjectSelf-presentationen_HK
dc.subjectTelevision debatesen_HK
dc.titleThe last romantic hero: Lech Watȩsa's image-building in TV presidential debatesen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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