What is it about?
In this chapter, in an edited volume about populist discourse, we take a corpus of some 400 Dutch political cartoons published 2006-2017, shortlisted for an annual prize, and inventory (1) how often the right-wing politician Geert Willders features in these cartoons; (2) how often he is portrayed metaphorically; and (3) which metaphors are used in this portrayal. We also chart this for the other Dutch party leaders during this period, allowing for comparisons.
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Why is it important?
Politicians' actions or decisions are portrayed critically and humorously in the genre of political cartoons, whose interpretation should immediately be clear to the envisaged audience (usually: subscribers to the paper in which the cartoon appears, or loyal visitors of a website). The cartoon genre is therefore an excellent genre to evaluate politicians' public reputations, and emphasize the traits that are typically ascribed to them. Since metaphor is abundantly used in cartoons, zooming in on this trope is a highly suitable tool for such evaluations.
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This page is a summary of: Metaphors portraying right-wing politician Geert Wilders in Dutch political cartoons, March 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.4324/9780429026751-18.
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