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Speech, script, and performance: towards a public poetics of the political speechwriter's role

Clark, Tom (2011) Speech, script, and performance: towards a public poetics of the political speechwriter's role. Prism Online Journal, 8 (1). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1448-4404

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Abstract

This article brings together and contextualises some ostensibly disparate ‘readings’ of political speeches from Australia and the United States, both good examples and not-so-good examples, to examine a characteristic that prevails in all public communication, and which is especially noticeable in politics. That characteristic is the nexus between the poetic and the political in all public language. In this case, it is grounded in a distinction between political speakers-as-performers and the advisors who script many of their performances for them. The dynamics of this relationship are critical influences on the more publicly explicit relationship between speakers and their audiences. Consequently, these dynamics are critical to our understanding of political discourse, and of public communication more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23731, political speeches, nexus, political discourse, speakers-as-performers
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
SEO Classification > 9502 Communication
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 02:30
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 02:30
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9179
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