The Trump Presidency from an American Studies Perspective

  • Dorothy WANG (Speaker)
  • HIRADHAR, P. (Respondent)
  • Munkyung Agnes KANG (Respondent)

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For many people outside of the United States, the election and presidency of Donald J. Trump may seem incongruous, especially coming on the heels of the two-term presidency of the country’s first black president, Barack Obama.

One cannot understand the Trump presidency merely by listening to media soundbites and/or seeing it in isolation.

In the talk, I will analyze Trump’s presidency using the methodologies of American Studies—an interdisciplinary field that looks critically at U.S. society, history, and culture with multiple lenses, both macro and micro (historical, rhetorical, literary analytical, legal, visual, aural, among others), and through various media. I will also bring in the critical methodology of close reading (practical criticism), so essential to the field of English literary studies.
Period6 Dec 2018
Event titleLingnan University: Department of English Seminar
Event typeSeminar
LocationHong Kong, Hong KongShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal