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- Responding to trauma how presidential discourses reshape the dialogues of healing
- McWilliams, Kelsie Marie ( author )
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic file (113 pages). : ;
- Subjects / Keywords:
- Speeches, addresses, etc., American ( lcsh )
- bibliography ( marcgt )
theses ( marcgt )
non-fiction ( marcgt )
- Though national traumas span everything from mass shootings to natural disasters, presidential responses have largely remained the same, following rather formulaic conventions in order to console and comfort the American people. Much of the previous literature on the rhetoric of trauma examines the process of healing and what it means to heal from trauma, though these definitions are often narrow and impose unrealistic expectations onto survivors. Additionally, both presidential rhetoric and trauma rhetoric neglect that others are often juggling multiple exigencies, including campaigning and political advocacy, when responding to a disaster. This thesis examines how President Barack Obama has responded to various tragedies throughout his presidency. I analyze his responses to the following events: the Aurora theater shooting, Superstorm Sandy, and the Boston Marathon bombing.
- Thesis (M.A.)--University of Colorado Denver.
- Includes bibliographic references.
- General Note:
- Department of English
- Statement of Responsibility:
- Kelsie Marie McWilliams.
- Source Institution:
- University of Colorado Denver
- Rights Management:
- All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
- Resource Identifier:
- 900877455 ( OCLC )