Designating Commemoration: The Rhetoric of the Temporary Body at the World Trade Center Site Public Deposited

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  • Frandina, Letia Rose
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication
  • This dissertation examines the influence of the body (both living and deceased) on the rebuilding and commemorative activity at the World Trade Center site. Through an analysis of artifacts in relation to the body, the importance of temporary rhetoric is examined. I argue, through the use of Kenneth E. Foote's continuum of responses to spaces of violence and tragedy, that the designation stage (in which temporary rhetoric is most pronounced) is an imperative stage of investigation. Throughout my discussion, I address how the commemorative activity at the World Trade Center site argues for, responds to, negotiates, and creates new spaces in relation to the different variables on Foote's continuum. In effect, the role of the body, the Twin Towers, and the importance of both the private and American family are highlighted in their significant influence on what is built (or not built), moved, saved, or destroyed in relation to the material memory of September 11, 2001.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Communication Studies (Rhetorical Studies)."
  • Blair, Carole
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