Roger Aden, Ph.D.
Specialization: Rhetoric and Popular Culture; Place and Space Theory
Schoonover Center 429
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I explore the meanings of places, both physical and imagined, as they are rhetorically constructed and interpreted by those who experience them. As a result, I employ both rhetorical and qualitative methods of inquiry. In Popular Stories and Promised Lands, I examined how narratives found in film, television, comic strips, and magazines construct imagined places in which fan communities gathered. In Huskerville, I illustrated how geography, history, and college football converge in fans’ cultural enactment of being a Nebraskan. In my forthcoming work on the President’s House public memory site, I outline how competing memories intersected within the advocacy, design, excavation, and building of the installation.