Faculty Research Monograph Awards 2014

Posted on 2nd April 2014

The Faculty of Humanities was delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Faculty Research Monograph Awards.

Dr Christoper Hull, Professor Rob Warner and Dr Matt Davies
Dr Christoper Hull, Professor Rob Warner and Dr Matt Davies

Due to a wide selection of  publications that were rich in scholarship and yet so diverse in approaches and topics it was decided that a joint award for First Research Monograph of the Year should be presented to:

Dr Christopher Hull (Department of Modern Languages) for British Diplomacy and US Hegemony in Cuba, 1898-1964


Dr Matt Davies (Department of English) for Oppositions and Ideology in News Discourse.

These books build upon Dr Hull and Dr Davies' doctoral theses, and the Faculty wishes them every success with wider dissemination in published form. TThese are the first monographs to be submitted to this competition from English Language and Area Studies (the REF unit of submission for Modern Languages), and so mark something of a coming of age for research in both disciplines.

British Diplomacy and US Hegemony in Cuba, 1898-1964

Utilising a wealth of British diplomatic records and other sources, this study offers fresh insights into the whole period of US political and economic domination in Cuba from 1898 until the eventful early period of the Cuban Revolution after 1959, when the hitherto close US-Cuban relationship fell apart. It investigates two British attempts to agree a commercial treaty with Cuba, and the contentious sales of arms and Leyland buses before and after the Fidel Castro-led Revolution. The book outlines Britain's economic decline through two world wars, but also the country's importance as a second market for Cuban sugar and cigar exports. It demonstrates how British governments and diplomats in Havana sought to protect their interests in Cuba, including railway and insurance companies, always sensitive to the reactions of the United States - a vital transatlantic ally with a significant stake in the Caribbean island.



Oppositions and Ideology in News Discourse.

Constructed opposition has proved as viable an area of research as traditional antonymy, and a useful tool in looking at ideologically orientated texts. This book investigates how binary oppositions are constructed discursively and the potential ideological repercussions of their usage in news reports in the British press.

The focus is particularly on the positive presentation of groups and individuals subsumed under the first person plural pronouns 'us' and 'we', and the simultaneous marginalization of groups designated as 'they' or 'them'. Exploring the dynamic relations between the linguistic system and language in context this is a key publication for those involved in discourse analysis and stylistics.