Rhetorics of song: critique, persuasion & education in Woody Guthrie & Martin Hoffman's "Deportees"
This thesis investigates the lyrical and musical elements of the song "Deportees," and considers the song's reinterpretation in two contemporary songs. Through autoethnographic writing and rhetorical analysis, I analyze the way all three texts respond to silences in popular media, and in doing so, shed light on the nationalistic ideologies embedded in that silence. I argue that the songs' preservation and circulation of marginalized histories and the performance practices through which they circulate suggest their rich rhetorical and pedagogical potential to inform scholarship in rhetoric and ...
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