The Great American Scaffold
Intertextuality and identity in American presidential discourse
Based on extensive quantitative and qualitative analyses of a corpus of American presidential speeches that includes all inaugural addresses and State of the Union messages from 1789 to 2008, as well as major foreign and security policy speeches after 1945, this research monograph analyzes the various forms and functions of intertextual references found in the discourse of American presidents. Working within an original, interdisciplinary theoretical framework established by theories of intertextuality, discourse analysis, and presidential studies, the book discusses five different types of presidential intertextuality, all of which contribute jointly to creating a set of carefully manipulated and politically powerful images of both the American nation and the American presidency. The book is intended for scholars and students in political and presidential studies, communications, American cultural studies, and linguistics, as well as anyone interested in the American presidency in general.
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 53] 2014. ix, 338 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments | p. ix
1. American echoes: On intertextuality in American presidential discourse | pp. 1–45
2. “The voice of the nation”: The democratization of American presidential discourse | pp. 47–103
3. “To declare to the world”: Inaugural addresses, eternal topoi, and American civil religion | pp. 105–166
4. “Freedom and fear are at war”: The making of an American hypotext | pp. 167–219
5. “In the words of …”: Sacred texts, lieux de mémoire, and presidential allusions | pp. 221–273
6. The Great American Scaffold | pp. 275–296
Works cited | pp. 297–312
Appendix | pp. 313–327
Name index | p. 329
Subject index | pp. 331–338
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General