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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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Writing and Rhetoric
English; Rhetoric and Composition
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Patel, Prashant, "The Intersection Between Multi-voiced Narratives and First-person Narratives of War Fiction: Epistemology and the Meaning of War" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 544.