Kenneth Burke and the 21st Century

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Bernard L. Brock
SUNY Press, Nov 5, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 292 pages
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This book contributes to the ongoing debate over the future of rhetorical theory and criticism by presenting the stands taken by a variety of prominent Burkean scholars on the following issues: the nature of the Burkean system, Burke and feminism, Burke and postmodernism and multiculturalism, and the nature of symbolic action. It demonstrates that Kenneth Burke anticipated many of the issues rhetorical theorists and critics face as they enter the 21st century.
 

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Contents

Natures Physician The Metabiology of Kenneth Burke
19
Toward an Ecology of Language
35
Kenneth Burkes Pragmatism Old and New
71
Being and the Promise of Trinity
99
Can This Marriage Be Saved? Reclaiming Burke for Feminist Scholarship
113
Kenneth Burkes Implicit Theory of Power
133
Dramatism and Deconstruction Burke de Man and the Rhetorical Motive
151
Multiculturalism and the Burkean System Limitations and Extensions
167
Lacan Burke and Human Motive
191
Burkean Social Hierarchy and the Ironic Investment of Martin Luther King
207
Secular Pragmatism Kenneth Burke and the Resocialization of Literature and Theory
243
Contributors
269
Index
273
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Bernard L. Brock is Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Art and Public Policy, Wayne State University. He is the author of Kenneth Burke and Contemporary European Thought: Rhetoric in Transition, Public Policy Decision-Making: A Systems and Comparative Advantages Approach, and the editor of Methods of Rhetorical Criticism: A Twentieth Century Perspective.

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