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Language as Symbolic Action, pt. 1

"Gnaw! / I fear it all started / not from some morbid baystard in need of reassurance / . . . / rather it got here through . . . the inability to glimpse . . . [that] a match was dropped / by such a one of us who / except for a moron can buy boxes of in a supermarket / couldn't strike up a fire / no matter how ardently he tried (stop)."

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My abstract is pasted below. I welcome any suggestions for the paper re. making the concept of "perspective by incongruity" or any other Burkean concepts more substantial. I will likely put together a collage too.

Working Title: “Studio-Art-Movements: Trans-formation, (Dis)Connection, and Social Engagement”

Imagery at Face Value

"Taken simply at its face value, imagery invites us to respond in accordance with its nature."

Absurd Ambitions

"Consciousness of linguistic action generally is needed if men are to temper the absurd ambitions that have their source in faulty terminologies" (317).


"For though it nothing less than an act of genius to invent a machine, it is the nagging drudgery of mere motion to feed one" (110).

Burke's Ambiguity Pt. 2

"[Erksine] Caldwell tends to begin with some oddity of situation, which as likely as not suggested itself without a resolution, so that the story merely fades away rather than closes . . . He seems as contented as a savage to say the same thing again and again . . . Sometimes when reading Caldwell I feel as though I were playing with my toes."

Pure Art

"'Pure' art tends to promote a state of acceptance" (Philosophy of Lit. Form, 320)

Burke's Ambiguity

"You can't point to myths in the objective way you point to a stone or house." Burke-Revolutionary, 279


". . . the psychoanalyst "cures" his patient of a faulty identification only insofar as he smuggles in an alternative identification (often, for instance, the patient identifies himself with 'the corporate body of psychoanalytic science" (Attitudes, 264)

Hellenistic Fashion

“Since poetry is essentially ethical, the poetic metaphor clearly identifies the ethical with the aesthetic, in the Hellenistic fashion defining the beautiful life as the “good” life” (Permanence and Change, 266).


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