Abstract.doc - September-December 2018 DOI 10.15655/mw/2018/v9i3/49499 Chaos and Stability in Donald Trump’s Acceptance Speech TIM MATHENY PHILIP POE

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September-December 2018 DOI: 10.15655/mw/2018/v9i3/49499 Chaos and Stability in Donald Trump’s Acceptance Speech TIM MATHENY, PHILIP POE, MELODY FISHER, & SHANE WARREN Mississippi State University, USA An analysis of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech to the 2016 Republican National Convention reveals a speech structure built around god terms vs. evil terms with the threat that evil terms associated with the enemy lead to chaos and god terms, which were associated to Trump and Republicans, led to stability. Trump’s performance reinforced the speech structure with hand gestures that cued the audience to the speech structure. DOI: 10.15655/mw/2018/v9i3/49484 Feminist Perspectives on the Apology of Louis CK and the #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements HELEANA THEIXOS Heidelberg University, USA The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are sexual misconduct survivor movements, interrogating in particular the entertainment and media industries. These movements aim to dismantle power structures in these industries by raising-up systemically silenced voices of victims (survivors) of sexual misconduct. I analyze comedian Louis CK’s apology for his own sexual misconduct as an exemplar text, and argue that that there are good feminist reasons for these movements to critically engage with his perpetrator statement. As such, the argument that I propose here-that certain perpetrator explanations are legitimate to these movements-is tendentious. I will support my argument by making an appeal to feminist social theory, which focuses on the cultural factors contributing to sexual misconduct. If my argument is compelling, then other perpetrator statements could also be integral to the movement’s aims. DOI: 10.15655/mw/2018/v9i3/49488 Interrogating Impunity through Counterpublic: Rethinking Habermas’s Public Sphere in Paulaumi Duttagupta’s Onaatah of the Earth SAKSHI SINGH & ANURAG KUMAR Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India The present paper aims at analyzing the inevitable relationship of patriarchal impunity with counterpublic in India with reference to Onaatah of the Earth (2017) by Paulami Duttagupta. It is apparent that much of the discourse on counterpublic emphasizes on either countering the existing state agencies as mentioned by Nancy Frazer where she critiques the exclusionary practices of bourgeois public sphere labelling the process as undemocratic or advocating locational counterpublic to uplift the subalterns to establish democracy discussed by Kanika Batra. However, not much has been discussed about the exclusion of discourses critiquing impunity which forms an essential background to establish a correlation between patriarchal impunity and the counterpublic. Thus, the paper attempts to examine bourgeois public sphere mainly as a patriarchal discursive arena disseminating and strengthening the idea of impunity granted, especially in cases of sexual violence within the framework of Habermas’s public sphere. The study also focuses on how the novel Onaatah of the Earth acts as a counterpublic to
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