Robert Wess's Kenneth Burke: Rhetoric, Subjectivity, Postmodernism PDF

By Robert Wess

ISBN-10: 0521410495

ISBN-13: 9780521410496

Kenneth Burke's impression ranged throughout heritage, philosophy and the social sciences. this significant research examines Burke's impact on modern theories of rhetoric and the topic, and explains why Burke didn't entire his factors trilogy. Burke's personal critique of the "isolated detailed person" led him to query the opportunity of distinct individuation, thereby looking forward to very important parts of postmodern innovations of subjectivity. This booklet is either a well timed and sensible exposition of Burke's lengthy profession and a vital intervention in serious debates surrounding rhetoric, heritage and human corporation.

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24 Ideology as rhetoric make it easier for retotalization, rhetorically conceived, to get a fair hearing. Rhetorical retotalization is an alternative to the polar extremes of transcendental totalization on the one hand and fragmentation on the other. Transhistorical rather than transcendental, rhetorical retotalization is always a contingent hierarchizing, hence always subject to re-retotalization, re-re-retotalization, and so on to historical infinity. So conceived, retotalization is a form of totalizing that is not a mere front for an originary subject.

160, 156. Kenneth Burke value of the category, not with Wood's application of it. Her important claim is that in any society, no matter how ideal, a structure of power is necessary and inevitable. Historicity is not denied; the structure of power in any society will be relative to history. But the structure is also autonomous; it cannot be historicized away. Ways must be devised to keep it in check. Otherwise, one risks disaster. These examples from the areas of science and the state are not presented as a conclusive demonstration of the value of the transhistorical.

Ben Brewster (New York: Pantheon, 1969), p. 232. 29 "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses," Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays, trans. Ben Brewster (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1971), p. 174. Althusser's authoritarian rhetoric of police command stands in striking contrast to Therborn's courtship rhetoric of adaptation to one's audience. For a critique of the authoritarianism of Althusser's rhetoric, see my "Notes toward a Marxist Rhetoric," Bucknell Review 28 (1983): 126-48. 30 "Ideology," pp.

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