Sociocultural Studies via CDA in Native Son (1939)

Author: Hamid Farahmandian

Keywords: Critical discourse analysis, metaphor, modality, Native Son, Richard Wright


This paper aims at the study of the artistic features of language in Richard Wright’s Native Son. In order to pursue and achieve the mentioned goal, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) will be the applied approach, which provides analytical tools to uncover the socio-cultural aspects of texts by analyzing their in-text language. “Modality,” “Metaphor” and “Racist Discourse” are three major arguments to be studied under the CDA approach. By analyzing the predominant concerns of these three parts, this paper brings and reinterprets the serious problematic issues including power, the black oppression by the white, social limitations and racist ideology in the novel.