The Narrative’s Part-Whole Textual Interdependence

Adam Hodges

in The “War on Terror” Narrative

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199759590
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895335 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

The Narrative’s Part-Whole Textual Interdependence

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This chapter provides a schematic overview of the constituent elements that make up the Bush ‘War on Terror’ Narrative and shows how they fit together to form a coherent text. While data are taken from specific speeches, these examples are representative of the larger body of speeches about the ‘war on terror’ delivered by George W. Bush during the last seven years of his presidency. Thus, while the analysis draws from situated narrative performances, the result is to distill from these representative examples the larger cultural narrative, or macro-level discourse about the ‘war on terror’ shared by the nation as a whole.

Keywords: macro-level discourse; narrative; text; textual coherence; war on terror

Chapter.  8989 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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