This special issue focuses on the linguistic and discursive aspects of the dissemination of knowledge about sensitive and hitherto unforeseen bioethical issues, an area at the intersection between scientific discourse (e.g. medicine, biotechnology, genetics, environmental sciences) and other forms of specialised and professional legal, economic, political, religious discourse.

   The issue investigates the literary, linguistic and discursive strategies that are employed in ‘translating’ and framing specialised bioethical notions, terms and debates within literary, journalistic, online, promotional, corporate and legal texts and media coverage. Such terms and debates involve complex fields and contested issues in which people fear that the application of new scientific experiments and findings could impinge on human rights and the dignity of - and responsibility for - birth, illness, performance, privacy, personhood and death, as well as the integrity and well-being of the environment.

Representing, Disseminating, and Debating
Controversial Bioethical Issues in Literature and Popularised Discourse
Vol. 23, n. 1 (2019)
Editors: Giuseppe De Riso, Roxanne Barbara Doerr and Giuliana Garzone
A double blind peer-reviewed journal, published twice a year by Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”'
Genetically modified tomato

Genetically modified tomato

DNA puzzle

DNA puzzle



Connecting orb

Connecting orb

Clinical assistance

Clinical assistance

Giuliana Garzone, Roxanne Barbara Doerr, Giuseppe De Riso



Table of Contents

Giuseppe De Riso

Ethical Responsibility in Midnight’s Children:
Clinical Storytelling as a Form of Biological and Cultural Survival

Bioethics as a research perspective
Beyond limits: ethical dilemmas

Giuliana Garzone

Exploring the Complexities of Bioethical Discourse: Primate Cloning in the Press

Jekaterina Nikitina

Representing Gene-Editing in Newspapers:

Between Science Dissemination and Fantasy

Kim Grego

Marketing Life after Death:

Cryopreservation in the Hope of Resuscitation

Maria Cristina Paganoni

Ethical Concerns over Facial Recognition Technology

Bioethics and health issues

Annalisa Zanola

‘Informed Consent’ (IC) in Health Literacy (HL):

State-of-the-art of an Elaborate Legal-lay Communication Process

Francesca Santulli

The Concepts of Norm and Disease from Scientific to Popularization Discourse

Giorgia Riboni

Representation of Knowledge about Opioid Addiction between Criminalization and Medicalization

Dermot Heaney

Taking a Stance on Doping: Online Press Evaluation of a Parliamentary Select Committee’s Investigations into Doping in British Cycling

Bioethics, health and the market

Walter Giordano

Ethics and Accessibility to Knowledge in Prescription Drug Commercials in the USA

Cinzia Giglioni

Ethics, Pricing, and the Pharmaceutical Industry: Corporate Communication Faces  Drug-Cost Issues

Bioethics and the environment

Emanuele Brambilla

Knowledge Dissemination and Cultural Specificity in Greenpeace’s Canned Tuna Guides

Paola Catenaccio

Ethics and Legitimacy in the Discourse of Agri-biotechnology: A Study in Argumentation


Roxanne Barbara Doerr

Dual Loyalties and Shifting (Bio)ethical Principles: 
An Analysis of the Defense Health Board’s Ethical Guidelines and Practices

Karen Dwyer

Discourse Analysis for Exploring Bioethics in Biomedical and Medical Sciences Education

Bioethics guidelines and instruction

Maddalena Carfora

A Review of Giuseppe De Riso, Affect and the Performative Dimension of Fear in the Indian English Novel: Tumults of the Imagination

Michael Orefice

A Review of Roxanne Barbara Doerr, Communicating Professions via Blog: An Applied Linguistics Approach

Notes on Contributors

Notes on Contributors