Unending Conversations: New Writings by and about Kenneth Burke (Rhetorical Philosophy and Theory)
- Publish Date: 2001-01-31
- Binding: Paperback
Previously unpublished writings by and about Kenneth Burke plus essays by such Burkean luminaries as Wayne C. Booth, William H. Rueckert, Robert Wess, Thomas Carmichael, and Michael Feehan make the publication of Unending Conversations a significant event in the field of Burke studies and in the wider field of literary criticism and theory.
Editors Greig Henderson and David Cratis Williams have divided their material into three parts: Dialectics of Expression, Communication, and Transcendence, Criticism, Symbolicity, and Tropology, and Transcendence and the Theological Motive.
In the first part, Williamss textual introduction and Rueckerts essay analyze the genesis and composition of Burkes A Symbolic of Motives and Poetics, Dramatistically Considered. Henderson opens part two by showing how these two essays concerns with literary form hearken back to Burkes first book of criticism, Counter-Statement.
Thomas Carmichael discusses Burkes relationship to thinkers such as Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida, Stanley Fish, Fredric Jameson, Jean-Franois Lyotard, and Richard Rorty. Wess analyzes the relation between Burkes dramatistic pentad of act, agent, scene, agency, and purpose and his four master tropesmetaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony.
In the third part, Booth mines his unpublished correspondence with Burke to demonstrate that Burke is a coy theologian. Michael Feehan discusses Burkes revelation in a 1983 interview that rather than rebounding from a naive kind of Marxism in Permanence and Change, he was rebounding from what he had learned as a Christian Scientist.