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"How New is the New National Front?" Mapping Out Marine Le Pen's Rhetorical Turn with Digital Humanities Software

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015. 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Pigott Hall, Room 216
Meeting Description: 

Since she has took over the National Front in 2011, Marine Le Pen has carried the far right party to first place, winning an unprecedented 25% of the votes in France's latest elections. What does she say that resonates with French voters so strongly? And how did she manage to turn the once infamous "FN" into an almost mainstream party that claims to be the last champion of French republican values?

Using text mining software and textual analyses, Stanford Associate Professor of French, Cécile Alduy, has ciphered more than 500 speeches and texts by Jean-Marie and Marine Le Pen to pinpoint exactly how, and on what topics, the daughter's discourse differs from her father. 

In this talk, literary studies meet digital humanities and political science to crack the new National Front rhetorical code and uncover the deeper ideological and mythological structures beyond stylistic polishing. Co-sponsored by the French Culture Workshop and the Digital Humanities Focal Group. 
 

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