The War of Words

University of California Press
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erscheint ca. am 12. November 2018
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 303 Seiten
978-0-520-29812-5 (ISBN)
When Kenneth Burke was conceiving his celebrated "Motivorum" project in the 1940s and 1950s, he envisioned it in three parts. While Burke never published the third part, A Symbolic of Motives, A Grammar of Motives (1945) and A Rhetoric of Motives (1950) have become canonical theoretical documents. Interestingly, A Rhetoric of Motives was originally envisioned as a two-part book.

Here is the until-now unpublished The War of Words, the second volume of A Rhetoric of Motives. The War of Words brilliantly exposes and theorizes the rhetorical devices that were-and still are-sponsoring war in the name of peace. Discouraging militarism during the Cold War even as it details a catalog of contemporary persuasive tactics and strategies, Burke's book exposes how popular news media outlets can, wittingly or not, foment international tensions and armaments during tumultuous political periods. With an introductory chapter from the editors and a short introduction by Burke himself, chapters include "The Devices," "Scientific Rhetoric," "The Rhetoric of Bureaucracy," and "The Rhetorical Situation."
First Edition
  • Englisch
  • Berkerley
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  • USA
  • Broschur/Paperback
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  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
978-0-520-29812-5 (9780520298125)
0520298128 (0520298128)
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Anthony Burke is Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus at the University of Victoria and the son of Kenneth Burke. Burke worked with his father to organize and catalog Kenneth Burke's papers. He now contributes to maintaining the archives associated with Kenneth Burke's cultural legacy.

Kyle Jensen is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Remaining Process and coeditor of Abducting Writing Studies.

Jack Selzer is Paterno Family Liberal Arts Professor at Pennsylvania State University. He has authored, coauthored, edited, and coedited many books and articles on Kenneth Burke, including Kenneth Burke in Greenwich Village and Kenneth Burke in the 1930s.

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