Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose, Third edition

May 23, 1984|
Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose, Third edition by Kenneth Burke
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Permanence and Change was written and first published in the depths of the Great Depression. Attitudes Toward History followed it two years later. These were revolutionary texts in the theory of communication, and, as classics, they retain their surcharge of energy. Permanence and Change treats human communication in terms of ideal cooperation, whereas Attitudes Towards History characterizes tactics and patterns of conflict typical of actual human associations. It is in Permanence and Change that Burke establishes in path-breaking fashion that form permeates society just as it does poetry and the arts. Hence, his master idea that forms of art are not exclusively aesthetic: the cycles of a storm, the gradations of a sunrise, the stages of an epidemic, the undoing of Prince Hamlet are all instances of progressive form.
 
This new edition of Permanence and Change reprints Hugh Dalziel Duncan's long sociological introduction and includes a substantial new afterward in which Burke reexamines his early ideas in light of subsequent developments in his own thinking and in social theory.
Kenneth Burke has been termed "simply the finest literary critic in the world, and perhaps the finest since Coleridge" (Stanley Edgar Hyman, The New Leader). Mr. Burke has published ten other works with the University of California Press: Towards a Better Life (1966); Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature, a...
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Title:Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose, Third editionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:396 pages, 8 X 5.38 X 1 inShipping dimensions:396 pages, 8 X 5.38 X 1 inPublished:May 23, 1984Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520041461

ISBN - 13:9780520041462

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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