A Rhetorical Analysis of Jimmy Swaggart's 1988-89 Program for Defense

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This study seeks to determine the extent to which Jimmy Swaggart's program for defense in 1988 complies with the expectations of the apologia genre. Three discourse media are examined for evidence of denial, bolstering, differentiation, and transcendence. Swaggart's defense is classified as "justificative" in that it seeks approval of actions. Swaggart's motivating drive force is defined as the need to assure the financial success of his ministry. Swaggart's defense is then compared with the past apologies of Nixon, Truman, and Kennedy. It was determined that certain apologies cannot serve as a reference standard if the contextual factors are not similar. ... continued below

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Simonds, Cheri J. (Cheri Jo) May 1990.

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This study seeks to determine the extent to which Jimmy Swaggart's program for defense in 1988 complies with the expectations of the apologia genre. Three discourse media are examined for evidence of denial, bolstering, differentiation, and transcendence. Swaggart's defense is classified as "justificative" in that it seeks approval of actions. Swaggart's motivating drive force is defined as the need to assure the financial success of his ministry. Swaggart's defense is then compared with the past apologies of Nixon, Truman, and Kennedy. It was determined that certain apologies cannot serve as a reference standard if the contextual factors are not similar. There are some rhetorical resources available to religious figures that are not available to politicians.

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Simonds, Cheri J. (Cheri Jo). A Rhetorical Analysis of Jimmy Swaggart's 1988-89 Program for Defense, thesis, May 1990; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc501213/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .