"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).

Critical Discourse as Alibi

What handier linguistic resource could a rhetorician want than an ambiguity whereby he can say “The state of affairs is substantially such-and-such,” instead of having to say “The state of affairs is and/or is not such-and-such”? (Grammar 52).

Burke MOOC - Case Study Team Report

Case Study Team:
Data, Jay, Mari

Be clear on:
Demographic: Realistic Expectations of whom will be involved
Content: what are we presenting? how much can be generated for and consumed in the MOOC
Outcomes: what does a student get from the course

Towards...("How do you want to be read, KB?")

"There are all sorts of tricks lurking in that one." (A Grammar of Motives, p. 83)

I am more than halfway through this seminar, having read more Burke than I ever imagined, and the question of how does Burke want me to read him just hit me.

Words and Things as Signs

The reduction of ambiguity initiated by the privileging of motion sidesteps the problem Burke sees as fundamental: words are symbolic acts that both transform the objects of thought and subsequently act to reclassify them, making experience itself mutable and thus subject to rhetorical manipulation. Put another way, while pure pragmatism would hold that words are signs of things, Burke wants to show, as he does later in Language as Symbolic Action, that things are also signs of words (see ‘What Are the Signs of What,’ passim 359-79).

Burke in Greenwich Village

Kenneth Burke in Greenwich Village Conversing with the Moderns, 1915-1931. Jack Selzer. Madison, Wiscomsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1st edition. 1996. 284 Pages. ISBN: 978-0299151843. $18.08 (Amazon Prime).

Ugliness, etc.

In his essay on Caldwell as a “Maker of Grotesques,” Burke writes:

Burke’s twelve propositions

“It is of great importance to study the various strategies of “prayer” by which men seek to solve their conflicts, since such material should give us needed insight into the processes of prayer (“symbolic action,” “linguistic action,” “implicit commands to audience and self”)."

The Philosophy of Literary Form, 313


"Or may we not, rather, replace the "either--or" with a "both--and"?
The Philosophy of Literary Form, p. 211

Identification, Struggle, and Something Else

From “Twelve Propositions” in The Philosophy of Literary Form:


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