Kenneth Burke: Rhetoric, Subjectivity, Postmodernism by Robert WessKenneth Burke: Rhetoric, Subjectivity, Postmodernism by Robert Wess

Kenneth Burke: Rhetoric, Subjectivity, Postmodernism

byRobert Wess

Paperback | March 29, 1996

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Kenneth Burke's influence ranged across history, philosophy and the social sciences. This important study examines Burke's influence on contemporary theories of rhetoric and the subject, and explains why Burke failed to complete his Motives trilogy. Burke's own critique of the "isolated unique individual" led him to question the possibility of unique individuation, thereby anticipating important elements of postmodern concepts of subjectivity. This book is both a timely and judicious exposition of Burke's long career and a crucial intervention in critical debates surrounding rhetoric, history and human agency.
Title:Kenneth Burke: Rhetoric, Subjectivity, PostmodernismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:March 29, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Ideology as rhetoric; 2. Counter Statement: aesthetic humanism; 3. Permanence and Change: a biological subject of history; 4. Attitudes towards History: the agon of history; 5. The Philosophy of Literary Form: history without origin or telos; 6. A Grammar of Motives: the rhetorical constitution of the subject; 7. A Rhetoric of Motives: ideological and utopian rhetoric; 8. The Rhetoric of Religion: history in eclipse.

Editorial Reviews

"In this admirable and important book Robert Wess takes up the project of understanding Burke in the context of contemporary critical theory. Wess's approach to Burke's writings is both intelligent and thorough, attuned to the texts' largest dimensions and their subtlest workings alike. His particular interest in Burke's rhetoric of the subject and in the essentialism-constructionism dialectic provides a useful and mostly undistorting focus for the study of a large body of work. More important, it provides an excellent way to understand the relation of Burke's thought and method to critical theory at the end of the century." Southern Humanities Review