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dc.contributor.supervisor Greenshields, Malcolm
dc.contributor.author Gray, Robert John Stephen
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2007-04-20T20:49:52Z
dc.date.available 2007-04-20T20:49:52Z
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/73
dc.description vi, 95 leaves ; 29 cm en
dc.description.abstract The epideictic discourse of political autobiography offers a powerful means of persuasion to attitude not otherwise available to politicians. In the extended narrative form of political autobiography, the audience's identification with characters, actions and speaker is central to persuasion. Narrative persuades implicitly by disposing the audience favourably to the rhetor and through the "common-sense assumptions" that the audience supplies in order to understand the discourse. The methodological approach used in this thesis, Fantasy Theme Analysis, addresses how the socialization process that is a primary function of epideictic rhetoric takes place. In the analysis, the rhetorical vision of the "game of politics" and two other fantasy themes are identified. The analysis demonstrates that an audience who identifies with this network of fantasy themes would also be influenced attitudinally and ideologically. The author concludes that political autobiography deserves further study because of its potentially important role in political persuasion. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 1998 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject Autobiography -- Political aspects -- Canada en
dc.subject Persuasion (Rhetoric) en
dc.subject Rhetoric en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.title More than a story : an exploration of political autobiography as persuasive discourse en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science
dc.publisher.department Deparment of History
dc.degree.level Masters


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