Counter-statement

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University of California Press, 1968 - Literary Criticism - 225 pages
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User Review  - Jenna - Goodreads

Burke is never easy to read. Not only does he write about complicated theory, but he also experiments with that theory as he writes. Regardless, I still find him such an innovative and fascinating thinker. Drinking helps when reading Burke. Read full review

Review: Counter-Statement

User Review  - Goodreads

Burke is never easy to read. Not only does he write about complicated theory, but he also experiments with that theory as he writes. Regardless, I still find him such an innovative and fascinating thinker. Drinking helps when reading Burke. Read full review

Contents

Three Adepts of Pure Literature I
1
Psychology and Form
29
The Poetic Process
45
The Status of Art
63
Thomas Mann and Andre Gide
92
Program
107
Lexicon Rhetorics
123
the individuation of forms
138
RITUAL
161
Applications of the Terminology
184
Curriculum Criticum
213
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About the author (1968)

Born in Pittsburgh, Burke was educated at Ohio State and Columbia universities. During his early career, he became involved with a number of little magazines, including Broom and Secession. He also wrote for The Dial and The Nation as a music critic. His greatest fame, however, has been as a literary critic. Omnivorously eclectic, Burke has found in the analysis of human symbolic activities a key to the largest cultural issues. For Burke, literature is the most prominent and sophisticated form of "symbolic action," one that provides "equipment for living" by allowing us to try out hypothetical strategies for dealing with the endless variety of human situations and experiences. Human society demands some principle of order, but the language and reason that create order can fall into rigid abstractions that can be destructive and violently imposed. Literature shows us an image of sacrifice, forgiveness, and flexibility that plays an important role in keeping society functioning flexibly. Burke's writing is extensive, complex and wide ranging, but also unique and uniquely important among current critical approaches.

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