Activity: Invited Talk or Oral Presentation › Seminar / Talk / Other Presentation
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.