ERIC Number: EJ828519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Myth and Multiple Readings in Environmental Rhetoric: The Case of "An Inconvenient Truth"
Rosteck, Thomas; Frentz, Thomas S.
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v95 n1 p1-19 Feb 2009
Contesting interpretations of "An Inconvenient Truth" that treat it as political jeremiad, autobiography, or science documentary, we contextualize the film within Joseph Campbell's monomyth and argue that its rhetorical efficacy arises in part because Al Gore's personal transformation animates the documentary footage with jeremiad advocacy. In turn, this fusion of genres enhances Gore's credibility to assess the dangers of global warming and to advise viewers how to respond to them effectively. Our reading has implications for understanding environmental discourse and for critical practice. (Contains 45 notes.)
Descriptors: Climate, Environmental Education, Environmental Interpretation, Documentaries, Rhetorical Criticism, Critical Viewing, Didacticism, Literary Criticism, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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