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Re-Incarnating an Ancient, Emergent Superpower: The PRC's Epideictic Extravaganza, Public Memory, and National Identity

Abstract The People's Republic of China's inexorable ascendancy has become an epochal event in international landscape, accentuated by its triple national ceremonies of global significance: 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2009 Beijing Military Parade, and 2010 Shanghai World Expo. At a momentous juncture when the PRC endeavored to project a new national identity to the outside world, these ceremonial occasions constitute a high-stake communicative opportunity for the Chinese government and a fruitful set of discursive artifacts for symbolic deconstruction and rhetorical interpretation. To unravel these ceremonial spectacles, a public memory approach, with its versatile potencies indexical of a nation's interpretive system of social meaning, ... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Gong, Jie (Author) / Brouwer, Daniel (Advisor) / Broome, Benjamin (Committee member) / Wu, Xu (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Rhetoric / Communication / Political Science / 2008 Beijing Olympics / China rise / epideictic rhetoric / national identity / public memory / rhetorical criticism
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 275 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Communication Studies 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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