Abstract

The topic for this project concerns a critical rhetorical analysis of the correlation between texts of first-person narratives and multi-voiced narratives of the Vietnam War (1965-1975) and the American invasion of Iraq (2003-2011). Moreover, this project establishes a correlation between the textual design in these novels and concepts of epistemology that reside in the Western cannon of rhetorical theory. The theoretical framework that is incorporated within this study extracts concepts of (t)ruth from philosophical works such as Michel Foucault's Birth of the Clinic and Friedrich Nietzsche's On Truth and In a Nonmoral Sense. In comparison, I examine the concepts and theories that comprise (T)ruth by incorporating the ideas of philosophers such as Carl Marx, especially his Communist Manifesto. The methodological underpinnings that help support the theoretical and conceptual framework of this project are derived from the application and analysis of distinct forms of narrative theory such as Jerome Bruner's Life as Narrative. Lastly, in the conclusion of this thesis, I provide recommendations for how scholars of rhetoric can add their voice to ongoing debates within in the field of war literature.

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Graduation Date

2021

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Brenckle, Martha

Degree

Master of Arts (M.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

Writing and Rhetoric

Degree Program

English; Rhetoric and Composition

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0008515; DP0024191

URL

https://purls.library.ucf.edu/go/DP0024191

Language

English

Release Date

May 2021

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

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