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dc.contributor.advisorHartman, James
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Erin Ann
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-26T21:11:23Z
dc.date.available2012-11-26T21:11:23Z
dc.date.issued2011-05-31
dc.date.submitted2011
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:11515
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/10430
dc.description.abstractDrawing on conceptual metaphor theory and John Bender and David E. Wellbery's description of rhetoricality, I offer a reconceptualization of literature as a conceptual metaphorization of the experience of the cognitive concept of LIFE. I demonstrate the value of such a rhetoricized reconceptualization of literature and literary study by applying them to four American autobiographies written after 1970: Bill Clinton's My Life, James Frey's A Million Little Pieces, Audre Lorde's Zami, and Walter Dean Myers' Autobiography of my Dead Brother. I also speculate about what a rhetoricized English studies in contemporary American higher education - one that sees (what Pierre Bourdieu describes as) heteronomy rather than autonomy as its primary organizing principle - might entail.
dc.format.extent211 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.subjectLanguage
dc.subjectLinguistics
dc.subjectAutobiography
dc.subjectConceptual metaphor theory
dc.subjectLife writing
dc.subjectMetaphor
dc.subjectRhetoric
dc.subjectRhetoric and composition
dc.titleLiterary Reality: Rhetoricizing Literature and English Studies
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberAnatol, Giselle
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineEnglish
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPh.D.
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