Simulating dominance: How procedural rhetoric enforces a false Native nomos in Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

dc.contributor.advisor Gregory D. Wilson Sauceda, Joshua
dc.contributor.department English 2018-08-11T18:06:19.000 2020-06-30T02:49:50Z 2020-06-30T02:49:50Z Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2013 2015-07-30 2013-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>In Bethesda Softworks's Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, it is possible to reveal the dominant ideologies working beneath its narrative elements and graphical representation of race, clothing, and environment. Using Susan C. Jarratt's Sophistic logos and nomos, Ian Bogost's "procedural rhetoric," and Gerald Vizenor's "manifest manners" or "simulations of dominance," my thesis analyzes these dominant ideologies and reveals the marginalization of the indigenous "other" as post-structural fabrications, which Philip J. Deloria calls "Indianness." Indianness, invented and mutable, is portrayed mainly through the creation of a fictional indigenous group: the "Ashlanders." Overall, I argue that the creation of the Ashlanders, the narrative elements attached to them, and how they are represented through procedures or code, perpetuates a Euro-American commodification, marginalization, and erasure of a Native American cultural identity as an act of cultural violence.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Indigenous Studies
dc.subject.disciplines Rhetoric
dc.subject.keywords cultural violence
dc.subject.keywords game studies
dc.subject.keywords marginalization
dc.subject.keywords Native American
dc.subject.keywords Rhetoric
dc.subject.keywords video games
dc.title Simulating dominance: How procedural rhetoric enforces a false Native nomos in Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
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