A Discourse of Material, Symbolic and Emotional Change: The Rhetoric of Reclamation and the Construction of the Postmodern Sublime

Ewalt, Joshua
January 2009
Conference Papers -- National Communication Association;2009, p1
Conference Paper
This paper examines the utilization of the sublime in our postmodern culture as exemplified by post-mining reclaimed landscapes. First the argument is presented that reclaimed landscapes are decidedly postmodern spaces, contextualized by Soja's (1996) thirdspace. These spaces, it is further argued, are defined by a rhetoric that utilizes many characteristics of a sublime discourse. The result of this material and symbolic fusion is a reification of ideologies of human dominance and wilderness devaluation. ..PAT.-Unpublished Manuscript


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