Jonathan Charteris-Black


Jonathan Charteris-Black is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of the West of England, UK and Visiting Professor at Jean Jauré University in Toulouse (April 2023). His research interests are in metaphor and political discourse; he originally proposed the approach known as Critical Metaphor Analysis(Corpus Approaches to Critical Metaphor Analysis, 2004). Much of his research explores the applications of rhetoric in political language and the means of persuasion (primarily, but not exclusively, verbal) that are available to those seeking influence over the thoughts and behaviours of others. The belief underlying his interest in rhetoric is that if knowledge is power then a more equal distribution of the resources of knowledge through increased public understanding of the means of persuasion contributes to a more equal society. His recent research has investigated metaphor and framing in the discourses surrounding Brexit and Covid-19 across a range of genres including the press and social media and political speeches.

He is the author of many monographs & textbooks including: Metaphors of Coronavirus: Invisible Enemy or Zombie Apocalypse? (Palgrave 2021); Metaphors of Brexit: No Icing on the Cake? (Palgrave 2019); Analysing Political Speeches: Rhetoric, Discourse and Metaphor (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014 & 2018); Fire Metaphors: discourses of awe and authority (Bloomsbury, 2017); Politicians and Rhetoric: The Persuasive Power of Metaphor (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2005 & 2011); Gender and the Language of Illness (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2010); The Communication of Leadership: The Design of Leadership Style (Routledge, 2007) as well as numerous other articles and book chapters.