This work explores persuasive performances, or performances which are wrought in order to affect changes in the thoughts, attitudes, emotions, ideas, beliefs, and opinions of others. Such performances are located in a space between the disciplines of performance studies and rhetoric. This work offers one way in which such performances might be better understood by proposing a model of negotiation comprised of the techniques of rhetorical dramatism and performance studies. A political debate and parts of Shakespeare's The Tempest are analyzed as examples using the model. This work represents an invitation to scholars of the disciplines of rhetoric and performance studies to act together -- to consubstantiate-- in order to better explore the space between their disciplines.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Theatre and Media Arts
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
McKinney, Joshua Evans, "Persuasive Performance: Articulating a Space Between the Disciplines of Rhetoric and Performance Studies" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 6018.
rhetoric, performance studies, persuasion, Kenneth Burke, Richard Schechner