Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Mary E. Stuckey
Carol K. Winkler
Robert L. Ivie
This dissertation identifies and explains the rhetorical strategies presidents engage in at the end of war to remedy the problem created by the production and circulation of savage depictions of the enemy. By analyzing presidential rhetoric at the conclusion of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, this research demonstrates how presidents recivilize, transfer, erase, and distribute savage imagery, how those processes facilitate the closure of war, and how that rhetoric reconstitutes war as a permanent condition of American foreign policy.
Heidt, Stephen, "The Mobile Savage: Presidential Peace Rhetoric and the Perpetuation of Enemies." Dissertation, Georgia State University, 2014.
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