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The Philosophy of Literary Form
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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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.
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.
Kenneth Duva Burke was a major American literary theorist and philosopher. Burke's primary interests were in rhetoric and aesthetics.More about Kenneth Burke...