Attitudes Toward History, Third Edition: With a New Afterword

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University of California Press, Jun 5, 1984 - History - 434 pages
This book marks Kenneth Burke’s breakthrough in criticism from the literary and aesthetic into social theory and the philosophy of history. In this volume we find Burke’s first entry into what he calls his theory of Dramatism; and here also is an important section on the nature of ritual.
 

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HISTORY

Contents

WILLIAM JAMES WHITMAN AND EMERSON
3
POETIC CATEGORIES
34
THE DESTINY OF ACCEPTANCE FRAMES
92
CONCLUSION
106
MEDIAEVAL SYNTHESIS
124
PROTESTANT TRANSITION
135
NAIVE CAPITALISM
142
EMERGENT COLLECTIVISM
159
COMIC CORRECTIVES
166
GENERAL NATURE OF RITUAL
179
DICTIONARY OF PIVOTAL TERMS
216
CONCLUSION
339
AFTERWORD TO SECOND EDITION
345
THE SEVEN OFFICES
353
ATTITUDES TOWARD HISTORY
377
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Kenneth Burke has been termed "simply the finest literary critic in the world, and perhaps the finest since Coleridge" (Stanley Edgar Hyman, The New Leader). Mr. Burke has published ten other works with the University of California Press: Towards a Better Life (1966); Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature, and Method (1966) Collected Poems, 1915-1967 (1968); The Complete White Oxen: Collected Short Fiction of Kenneth Burke (1968); A Grammar of Motives (1969); Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose (1984); The Philosophy of Literary Form (1974); A Rhetoric of Motives (1969); The Rhetoric of Religion: Studies in Logology (1970); and Attitudes Toward History, Third Edition (1984).

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