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Political Perversion: Rhetorical Aberration in the Time of Trumpeteering

Joshua Gunn


In Political Perversion, Joshua Gunn argues that the widespread perception of a mean-spirited turn in U.S. political discourse is better reckoned as a structural perversion hastened by the speed of communication technologies. Drawing on the insights of critical theory, media ecology, and psychoanalysis, Gunn advances a theory of perverse rhetorics that not only dominates politics, but also our daily interactions with others on and through speakers and screens.

Keywords: Donald J. Trump, politics, perversion, psychoanalysis, media ecology, rhetoric, cultural studies, critical theory, Lacan, Freud

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226713304
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226713588.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Gunn, author
University of Texas at Austin