2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Philip J. Schaefer
Dr. Jamie D'Agostino, Faculty Mentor

This performance piece is a rhetorical paper I wrote for a non-fiction creative writing class. My work is more of a manifesto, comparable to the method of Jonathan Swift in "A Modest Proposal." My purpose was to create a culturally savvy essay that encapsulates literary technique through metaphor and imagery, rhetoric, and humor. My argument is essentially that junk food is a necessity of the American way of life, and rightly so. By utilizing a strongly satirical voice, I hope to persuade my audience on the one hand how much our culture breeds us on junk food, and on the other hand how this might be ok. As in the film Thank You For Smoking, I adopt an antithetical style that praises a specific institution to rhetorically shut it down. This five page paper will hopefully leave my audience laughing as it is entirely a creative work designed for participation.

Keywords: junk food, culture, rhetoric, satire, humor, creative, non-fiction, manifesto


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 48-4
Location: OP 2117
Time: 3:30

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