Imagine There Are No Boundaries: A Philosophical and Critical Discourse Analysis of Empire, Truth, Uncertainty, and the Writing Classroom

by Walts, Richard Lee

Abstract (Summary)
This dissertation consists of five chapters dealing with truth, global spatiality, rhetoric, and discourse in relation to the concept of Empire and its impact on the writing classroom. Chapter One, “Empire: The Role of Truth and Subjectivity,” examines the reconfiguration of global space in Empire and its impact on cultures and issues of truth. I trace the history of truth in Western civilization and the ways in which conceptions of truth correlate with the concept of Empire. Chapter Two, “From Truth to Uncertainty: The Ambivalent Spaces of Empire,” addresses the impact of uncertainty in relation to changing notions of truth and the reconfiguration of space in the terrain of Empire. This philosophical examination also highlights the prospects for democracy in light of the globalization project. Chapter Three, “A Critical Discourse Analysis of the National Security Strategy of the United States of America,” provides a critical examination of the discourse embodied in the National Security Strategy of 2002 released by the administration of President George W. Bush. I demonstrate that this strategy acts as a schematic for Empire and the continued encroachment into the territory of sovereign nations. Chapter Four, “Empire and the Communicative Sphere: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Rhetoric Surrounding the Miami University Strike of 2003,” examines the discourse between the University and the Union in documents relating to the strike by Miami service workers in 2003. In this analysis, I investigate the relation between the global aspects of Empire and their impact on local regions of space in the communicative sphere of the university. Chapter Five, “Empire and Uncertainty in the Writing Classroom,” locates the effect of Empire on the various cultures that intersect in the writing classroom. I propose strategies and offer classroom assignments that allow students to critically examine the implications of Empire and the connections between local space and the continuing reconfiguration of global space.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:empire truth uncertainty critical discourse analysis writing classoom


Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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