Oh, the things you can find (if only you analyze): a close textual analysis of Dr. Seuss' rhetoric for children

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dc.contributor.author Lange, Kendall N.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-17T19:59:46Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-17T19:59:46Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12-17T19:59:46Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/2313
dc.description.abstract This study seeks to discover the loci, or themes, within the post-World War II books of Theodor Geisel, whom generations of American readers came to know as “Dr. Seuss.” A prolific children's author and social activist, Dr. Seuss penned more than 40 children’s books during the period under investigation. After World War II, Seuss’ books began to merge social themes with his entertaining storylines and trademark illustrations. This thesis applies a methodology that draws from both close textual analysis and topically-oriented critical approaches in order to illuminate loci in 10 selected works. Through Cicero’s critical process of invention, relationships between arguments and loci are established. Analysis of these “message books” reveals the complex political and ideological themes present in Dr. Seuss’ texts while situating his work within a larger American rhetorical tradition of didactic children’s literature. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject loci en_US
dc.subject close textual analysis en_US
dc.subject rhetorical criticism en_US
dc.subject Dr. Seuss en_US
dc.subject topical approaches en_US
dc.subject Theodor Geisel en_US
dc.title Oh, the things you can find (if only you analyze): a close textual analysis of Dr. Seuss' rhetoric for children en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Communication Studies, Theatre, and Dance en_US
dc.description.advisor Charles J. Griffin en_US
dc.subject.umi Speech Communication (0459) en_US
dc.date.published 2009 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US


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