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Ideology, Prosody, and Eponymy: Towards a Public Poetics of Obama and Beowulf

Clark, Tom (2010) Ideology, Prosody, and Eponymy: Towards a Public Poetics of Obama and Beowulf. Nebula, 7 (1-2). pp. 71-97. ISSN 1838-1472

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Abstract

This article examines and integrates the categories of poetics and rhetoric by comparing concepts of the poetic in Barack Obama's 2008 election victory speech with concepts of political rhetoric in the Old English long poem Beowulf. Using close readings, the paper explores a nexus between these two modes of communication which is revealed both in the politicisation of poetry and in the poetical praxis of political communications. That is, practitioners in both domains necessarily follow the integrating logics that this paper explores. It finds a political aesthetic of sceptical conservatism that underwrites the agendas of both these epic-heroic texts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID20748. public poetics, Barack Obama, Beowulf, political rhetoric, poetic formula, politics, epic
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
FOR Classification > 2004 Linguistics
FOR Classification > 2005 Literary Studies
SEO Classification > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2011 04:11
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2011 04:11
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6945
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