Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Ivan Davis

Abstract

The term muscle car appears to have atrophied to an automotive legend, or simply a marketing term synonymous with any powerful four seat sedan apart from heritage or point of origin. Through generic critical analysis, this thesis paper seeks to quantify the problematic identity of the muscle car. By use of transparent and theoretically consistent analytic procedures, this paper seeks to identify the rhetorical principles behind the genre's characteristic form, thereby producing a qualitative framework. This framework will then be utilized as a tool to qualitatively assess modern vehicles that identify as muscle cars, in order to determine whether they actively participate in the muscle car genre.

Subject Area

Muscle cars., Automobiles.

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