Towards a Poetics of Contemporary Public Rhetoric: The Performer's Need for Platitude and Cliche

By Tom Clark.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper adopts methods from oral-formulaic poetry scholarship to assessing the role of platitude and cliché in performing contemporary public rhetoric.

Keywords: Rhetorical Poetics, Oral Tradition, Politics, Sport, Satire

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.15-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.814MB).

Dr. Tom Clark

Tom Clark has worked in a range of fields, including political advisory roles and studies in medieval Germanic poetry. He completed his PhD in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, awarded in 2003, which comprised a study of irony in the Old English poem Beowulf. He has published refereed articles on higher education policy, as well as a monograph version of his PhD thesis. He is currently developing a comparative international research project to examine improvised and semi-improvised public language in the fields of sport, politics, and satire.


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