Title page for ETD etd-06062011-135227

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Chaves, Elisabeth Kerry
Author's Email Address echaves@vt.edu
URN etd-06062011-135227
Title Writing that W/rights Politics? -- An Examination of the Re-viewing Practices of Telos, The Public Interest, and the Journal as an Institution of Criticism
Degree PhD
Department Planning, Governance, and Globalization
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Chair
Natter, Wolfgang George Committee Member
Nelson, Scott G. Committee Member
Watson, R. Janell Committee Member
  • writing practices
  • intellectuals
  • state
  • political journals
  • reviews
Date of Defense 2011-06-02
Availability unrestricted
My dissertation explores the relationship between journals and the political. Using the modern examples of The Public Interest and Telos, I analyze how critical journals write politics. As a scholar, I am interested in writing practices and how they shape epistemologies, ontologies, and Weltanschauungen; in essence, how they act as narratives of power. The practice I have undertaken to study in this dissertation is the practice of reviewing. The etymology of the word “review” is “to see again.” Tracing the review form to its institutionalization in the early 19th century in Great Britain and bringing it forward to the late 20th century in the United States, I analyze how critical journals “see again,” whether they challenge how the state “sees,” or whether they conform to the state’s view. I argue that by writing about politics and re-viewing the state’s writing of politics, critical journals also contribute to the wrighting (or making) of political realities.
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