ERIC Number: ED300861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Musical Visions: Fantasy Theme Analysis and the Study of Popular Music.
Winebrenner, T. C.
Fantasy theme analysis (as propounded by Ernest Bormann) has tremendous potential as a tool for investigation of popular music as a rhetorical transaction--specifically, popular music as mimetic discourse. The early tradition of the rhetoric of music focuses on music as a persuasive medium, deriving rhetorical value from the way discourse affects audiences. However, an equally compelling case can be made for music as mimetic discourse, deriving rhetorical value from the way music reflects audiences, and examining the relationship between substance and audience. Fantasy theme analysis presents a description of rhetorical transaction which offers insight into the relationships between the content of public expression and the visions people share. Popular songs express personal fantasies which have gone public. Audiences who accept popular songs find in them psychodynamic common ground which bonds participants into a rhetorical community. Song texts provide an excellent means for the investigation of the psychological processes of the people who share a culture. (Thirty-seven notes are included.) (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Fantasy Theme Analysis; Mimetic Discourse; Rhetorical Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (74th, New Orleans, LA, November 3-6, 1988).