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dc.contributor.advisorSchaeffer, John D.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWendler, Zacen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-03T15:07:14Z
dc.date.available2018-10-03T15:07:14Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttps://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/18773
dc.descriptionAdvisors: John Schaeffer.en_US
dc.descriptionCommittee members: Jessica Reyman; Karen Whedbee.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines the rhetorical context, preservation, and dissemination of the final statements of American felons executed between 1985 and Spring 2012, as well as the history of these items in the West generally and America specifically. This examination found little variance in final statement genre incidence rates with respect to ethnicity, gender, date of utterance, or any other temporal or demographic factor. As a result, it examines in detail the cultural context which stabilizes and centers this type of utterance, and explores how such statements move through American society and are transformed in the process. It argues that such distortion is productive and both the result of and a key tool in a search for common identity amongst modern Americans.en_US
dc.format.extent260 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshRhetoricen_US
dc.subject.lcshCriminologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshDeath row inmates--Quotations, maxims, etc--Research--United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshLast words--Research--United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshDeath--Quotations, maxims, etc--Research--United Statesen_US
dc.titleI'm ready warden : an examination of the rhetoric of deathen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.description.degreePh.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)en_US


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