The Great American Scaffold: intertextuality and identity in American presidential discourse

Frank Austermühl

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Based on extensive quantitative and qualitative analyses of a corpus of American presidential speeches that includes all inaugural addresses and State of the Union messages from 1789 to 2008, as well as major foreign and security policy speeches after 1945, this research monograph analyzes the various forms and functions of intertextual references found in the discourse of American presidents. Working within an original, interdisciplinary theoretical framework established by theories of intertextuality, discourse analysis, and presidential studies, the book discusses five different types of presidential intertextuality, all of which contribute jointly to creating a set of carefully manipulated and politically powerful images of both the American nation and the American presidency. The book is intended for scholars and students in political and presidential studies, communications, American cultural studies, and linguistics, as well as anyone interested in the American presidency in general.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam (NL)
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Number of pages338
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-272-7078-8
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2014

Publication series

NameDiscourse approaches to politics, society and culture
PublisherJohn Benjamins


  • discourse studies
  • pragmatics
  • communication studies


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