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 rework social family during the practical use of symbols. via an in depth studying of Kenneth Burke's significant works, A Grammar of causes, A Rhetoric of factors, and The Rhetoric of faith: reports in Logology, Barbara Biesecker addresses the severe subject of the fragmentation of the modern lifeworld. In revealing the total diversity of Burke's contribution to the potential for social swap, Biesecker presents an unique interpretation of Burke's most vital principles. Addressing Postmodernity may have a tremendous effect on Burkeian scholarship and at the rhetorical critique of social relatives in general.

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These we classed under the heading of Symbolic. We had made still further observations, which we at first strove uneasily to class under one or the other of these two heads, but which we were eventually able to distinguish as the makings of a Grammar. For we found in the course of writing that our project needed a grounding in formal considerations logically prior to both the rhetorical and the psychological. And as we proceeded with this introductory groundwork, it kept extending its claims until it had spun itself from an intended few hundred words into nearly 200,000, of which the present book is revision and abridgement.

It may appear that when I decipher Burke's statement "the basic unit of action is the human body in purposive motion" as pointing to a requisite discontinuity in the human being, I am taking Burke beyond Burl

Indeed critics are quite correct when they note that the book does not only declare itself as such but also conforms in its overall structure to a conventional theory-application agenda: part one details the protocols of dramatistic analysis (the pentadh part two applies the set of procedures to seven schools of philosophy; and part three applies the set of procedures to "constitutional" discourses. There can be no doubt that one of the tasks in the Grammar is to provide a systematic method for identifying the complex of motives out of which "the various classes of motivational theory" (xxv) were produced.

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