Constitutive rhetoric of secular identities [electronic resource] : conversions away from /Show full item record
|Title||Constitutive rhetoric of secular identities [electronic resource] : conversions away from /|
|Author||Tousley, Robert James|
|Abstract||"There is a renewed exigence for scholars of rhetoric to examine how groups identify themselves by what they are not. I contend this exigence is present in deconversion narratives, narratives that articulate a loss of belief. I analyze two disparate conversion narratives in order to build upon Maurice Charland's theory of Constitutive Rhetoric. Books by Dan Barker, an ordained Christian Pastor, and William Lobdell, a journalist covering the religion beat serve as my texts. Barker's narrative serves as an example of a failed constitutive rhetoric, and I argue Barker's failures reemphasize the salience of Kenneth Burke's theory of identification to constitutive rhetoric. Barker's narrative serves as an example of a successful constitutive rhetoric, despite lacking Charland's ideological effects of constitutive rhetoric. I perform this analysis in order to give attention to a particular kind of identity constitution, one that is articulated primarily as a movement away from an ideology"--Abstract.|
|Description||Title from thesis title page (viewed Dec. 10, 2011).
Thesis--Texas Christian University, 2011.
Department of English; advisor, Ann George.
Includes bibliographical references.
Text (electronic thesis) in PDF.
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