Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Ivan Davis


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.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 International License.

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