Narratives and the romantic genre in IR: dominant and marginalized stories of Arab Rebellion in Libya

  title={Narratives and the romantic genre in IR: dominant and marginalized stories of Arab Rebellion in Libya},
  author={Alexander Spencer},
  journal={International Politics},
The article shows how the rebellion against Gaddafi in Libya in 2011 was romanticized in the British newspaper media and among the political elite. Combining insights from literary studies and employing a method of narrative analysis which focuses on the elements of setting, characterization and emplotment, it illustrates the process of narrative romanticization by emphasizing story elements which constitute the rebellion in an emotional setting in which the rebel is characterized as a young… 

Just a bit of fun: the camouflaging and defending functions of humour in recruitment videos of the British and Swedish armed forces

Abstract This article contributes to the growing literature regarding humor in international politics, focusing on satirical and comedic narratives in the recruitment videos of the British and

Die bundesdeutsche Wehrpflichtaussetzung durch Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. Alles eine Frage des Narrativs?

  • Timo Schummers
  • Political Science
    Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft
  • 2020
Die im Jahr 2010 vom damaligen Bundesminister der Verteidigung, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (CSU), ergriffene Initiative zur Aussetzung der allgemeinen Wehrpflicht stellte eine Zäsur dar, die nur von



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