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The Philosophy of Literary Form

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From the ForewordThese pieces are selections from work done in the Thirties, a decade so changeable that I at first thought of assembling them under the title, "While Everything Flows."Their primary interest is in speculation on the nature of linguistic, or symbolic, or literary action--and in a search for more precise ways of locating or defining such action.Words are asp ...more
Paperback, 463 pages
Published August 27th 1974 by University of California Press (first published 1941)
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Brian White
Mar 25, 2014 Brian White rated it it was amazing
I read this the first time when taking a PhD level class in rhetorical criticism at Indiana University in 1998. My first copy burned up in an office fire and I decided it was worth buying and reading again. Still interesting and challenging material. Although my field is theology and not primarily language it has a lot offer that relates to my work. Glad to have it back in my life.
Nolan Flavin
Apr 17, 2015 Nolan Flavin rated it really liked it
Great literary criticism. I feel as if he sometimes muddled his points and occasionally described them in a too abstract and techincal way, yet they were solid and well-defended nontheless.
Thom Dunn
Did a report on this circa 1964. Recall I thought Burke was a wild man, a literate one.
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In the long essay from which the book takes its title, Burke, a historical materialist, analyzes stylization in linguistic communication (including literary discourse) in terms of a variety of contexts, such as human biology, social groups and individual psychology.
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Kenneth Duva Burke was a major American literary theorist and philosopher. Burke's primary interests were in rhetoric and aesthetics.

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