Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis examines Cornel West’s description of the human condition and the works of art produced in three particular ways. First, there is being human which is a universal condition that speaks to all people and their struggles in the face of death and fallibility. Second, there is the condition of being modern, which speaks to people in a particular age in which power must be challenged with intelligence. Third, there is the idea of being American, which is to confront historical legacies of injustice through political action and agency. Rhetoric speaks to these existential crises and draws its resources from jazz, blues, tragicomic and prophetic pragmatism to create a community of affiliation and rich discourse that’s beneficial and productive for all.
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Robvais, Raquel M., "To speak as a human, a modern and as an American : blues rhetoric in Cornel West's prophetic pragmatism" (2013). LSU Master's Theses. 1731.