Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

A Rhetorical Analysis of the Patriot Act: Production, Representation, and Reception

Dr Patricia Price, Dr Josephine B. Hanschke.

The presenters look at the rhetoric of the 2001 Patriot Act passed by the United States Congress, focusing on the production, representation, and reception of the act. Its major claims, embedded warrants, authorial voice, language structures, and posited audience are each examined. Using a short written survey, the presenters will assess the audience's level of awareness about the Patriot Act and examine the group's presumptions about how the various sections of the act affect personal liberty and national safety--of citizens of the United States and of other countries. Details of a number of individual cases in which the Patriot Act already has been deployed will be shown. The role of the media in the Patriot Act will be examined through a powerpoint presentation. Attendees will be encouraged to respond aloud to the rhetoric of the powerpoint slides.


Dr Patricia Price  (United States)
faculty member - professor
Department of Writing and Linguistics
Georgia Southern University

Dr. Price has recently completed a dissertation on postmodern feminist pedagogy in college writing classes. At Georgia Southern University she teaches primarily first-year composition students. The rhetoric of the "War on Terrorism" is of particular concern to her.

Dr Josephine B. Hanschke  (United States)

Georgia Southern University

  • Patriot Act
  • Rhetoric
  • War on Terrorism
  • Personal Liberty

(60 min. Workshop, English)