Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin

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Liverpool University Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 195 pages
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Through story, through myth, through science fiction and fantasy, he argues, Le Guin takes us into her communities of the heart, communities that are truly human." "Le Guin's rhetoric, when placed in historical and sociocultural context, becomes the rhetoric of Emerson, Thoreau, Peirce, and Dewey: American romantic/pragmatic rhetoric - a rhetoric that argues for value to be given to the subjective, the personal and private, the small, and the feminine. Rochelle studies Le Guin's Earthsea cycle, The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, Always Coming Home, Four Ways to Forgiveness, A Fisherman of The Inland Sea, two recent novellas, Dragonfly and Old Music and the Slave Women, and selected short stories. The theorists of language, culture and myth discussed include Susanne Langer, Kenneth Burke, Lev Vygotsky, Walter Fisher, Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

The Monomyth Reimagined
33
Which Way to Eden?
65
American RomanticPragmatic Rhetoric
109
Communities of the Heart
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About the author (2001)

Warren Rochelle is Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Virginia.