Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2018

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

English

Major

Rhetoric and Professional Communication

First Advisor

Richard Crosby

Second Advisor

David D. Roberts

Abstract

Fictionality is regularly used for rhetorical purposes but has been rarely studied, except as it has been used in traditional forms of fiction. This dissertation draws upon rhetorical theory and narrative theory to propose an original analytic framework for isolating and examining the dynamics activated by and peculiar to the employment of fictionality for rhetorical purposes, particularly persuasion and pedagogy. The use of fictionality in ethics thought experiments and business communication textbooks is examined in detail to illustrate this analytic framework.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-6064

Copyright Owner

Victor Robert Perry

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

111 pages

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