Red lines and rash decisions : Syria, metaphor and narrative. / Ferrari, Federica; O'Loughlin, Ben.

Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. ed. / Michael Kranert; Geraldine Horan. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018. p. 385-406.

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Red lines and rash decisions : Syria, metaphor and narrative. / Ferrari, Federica; O'Loughlin, Ben.

Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. ed. / Michael Kranert; Geraldine Horan. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018. p. 385-406.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Harvard

Ferrari, F & O'Loughlin, B 2018, Red lines and rash decisions: Syria, metaphor and narrative. in M Kranert & G Horan (eds), Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, pp. 385-406.

APA

Ferrari, F., & O'Loughlin, B. (2018). Red lines and rash decisions: Syria, metaphor and narrative. In M. Kranert, & G. Horan (Eds.), Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse (pp. 385-406). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Vancouver

Ferrari F, O'Loughlin B. Red lines and rash decisions: Syria, metaphor and narrative. In Kranert M, Horan G, editors, Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 2018. p. 385-406

Author

Ferrari, Federica ; O'Loughlin, Ben. / Red lines and rash decisions : Syria, metaphor and narrative. Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. editor / Michael Kranert ; Geraldine Horan. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018. pp. 385-406

BibTeX

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