Spring 2020 Dresher Center Graduate Student Research Fellow
J. Inscoe, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program
Project: Sonic Waves of Grain: Paul Harvey’s American Evangelism
Sonic Waves of Grain: Paul Harvey’s American Evangelism explores the work of radio broadcaster Paul Harvey to examine the cultivation of a proper American voice—properly straight, moral, domestic, national, and authoritative—through an ideologically convenient crisis of White masculinity. Harvey emblemized the answer to cultural anxieties of the 20th Century United States, and by the 21st Century, Harvey’s discourse became a standard for conservative originality and authority. Ultimately, Sonic Waves contends that understanding Harvey as an acoustic icon of acceptable masculinity in the past sheds light on a continued crisis of masculinity and its relationship with conservative voice and rhetoric in the present.
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