Addressing Postmodernity: Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and a by Barbara A. Biesecker

By Barbara A. Biesecker

Addressing Postmodernity examines the connection among rhetoric and social switch and the methods people remodel social relatives throughout the useful use of symbols. via a detailed analyzing of Kenneth Burke's significant works, A Grammar of factors, A Rhetoric of explanations, and The Rhetoric of faith: reports in Logology, Barbara Biesecker addresses the severe subject of the fragmentation of the modern lifeworld. In revealing the complete diversity of Burke's contribution to the potential for social switch, Biesecker presents an unique interpretation of Burke's most important principles. Addressing Postmodernity can have a massive impression on Burkeian scholarship and at the rhetorical critique of social family members in general.

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Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. series of events that led him to write what is, properly speaking, his unfinished trilogy of motives. He states: In our original plans for this project, we had no notion of writing a "Grammar" at all. We began with a theory of comedy, applied to a treatise on human relations. Feeling that competitive ambition is a drastically over-developed motive in the modern world, we thought this motive might be transcended if men devoted themselves not so much to "excoriating" it as to "appreciating" it.

He describes the enterprise in this way: "We are following no particular text, but are trying to restate the Marxist position in general, as it appears when translated into the terms of characterization employed in this book" (210). Here I will cite only a few lines of this two-page, single-spaced translation: "From the standpoint of society as a whole, an idea is 'active' insofar as it is 'adequate' (that is, insofar as ~t does accurately name the benign and malign properties of that society).

S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. series of events that led him to write what is, properly speaking, his unfinished trilogy of motives. He states: In our original plans for this project, we had no notion of writing a "Grammar" at all. We began with a theory of comedy, applied to a treatise on human relations. Feeling that competitive ambition is a drastically over-developed motive in the modern world, we thought this motive might be transcended if men devoted themselves not so much to "excoriating" it as to "appreciating" it.

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