Unending Conversations

Unending Conversations

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Previously unpublished writings by and about Kenneth Burke plus essays by such Burkean luminaries as Wayne C. Booth, William H. Rueckert, Robert Wess, Thomas Carmichael, and Michael Feehan make the publication of Unending Conversations a significant event in the field of Burke studies and in the wider field of literary criticism and theory. Editors Greig Henderson and David Cratis Williams have divided their material into three parts: a€œDialectics of Expression, Communication, and Transcendence, a€ a€œCriticism, Symbolicity, and Tropology, a€ and a€œTranscendence and the Theological Motive.a€ In the first part, Williamsa€™s textual introduction and Rueckerta€™s essay analyze the genesis and composition of Burkea€™s A Symbolic of Motives and Poetics, Dramatistically Considered. Henderson opens part two by showing how these two essaysa€™ concerns with literary form hearken back to Burkea€™s first book of criticism, Counter-Statement. Thomas Carmichael discusses Burkea€™s relationship to thinkers such as Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida, Stanley Fish, Fredric Jameson, Jean-FranAsois Lyotard, and Richard Rorty. Wess analyzes the relation between Burkea€™s dramatistic pentad of act, agent, scene, agency, and purpose and his four master tropesa€”metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony. In the third part, Booth mines his unpublished correspondence with Burke to demonstrate that Burke is a coy theologian. Michael Feehan discusses Burkea€™s revelation in a 1983 interview that rather than rebounding from a naive kind of Marxism in Permanence and Change, he was rebounding from what he had a€œlearned as a Christian Scientist.a€Another example of this sort of analysis can be found in the Faust 1 essay reprinted in Language as Symbolic Action and originally written as ... terms; and the main purpose of the essay is to refute John Livingston Lowea#39;s thesis that everything in the poem had an external source. ... a distinction that is essential to Burkea#39;s theory of tragedy and catharsis as he develops them in PDC and the Othello essay.

Title:Unending Conversations
Author: Greig E. Henderson, David Cratis Williams
Publisher:SIU Press - 2001-01-01

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