On Human Nature
A Gathering While Everything Flows, 1967-1984
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On Human Nature by Kenneth Burke
Book DescriptionOn Human Nature: A Gathering While Everything Flows brings together the late essays, autobiographical reflections, an interview, and a poem by the eminent literary theorist and cultural critic Kenneth Burke (1897-1993). Burke, author of Language as Symbolic Action, A Grammar of Motives, and Rhetoric of Motives, among other works, was an innovative and original thinker who worked at the intersection of sociology, psychology, literary theory, and semiotics. This book, a selection of fourteen representative pieces of his productive later years, addresses many important themes Burke tackled throughout his career such as logology (his attempt to find a universal language theory and methodology), technology, and ecology. The essays also elaborate Burke's notions about creativity and its relation to stress, language and its literary uses, the relation of mind and body, and more. Provocative, idiosyncratic, and erudite, On Human Nature makes a significant statement about cultural linguistics and is an important rounding-out of the Burkean corpus.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520219199
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 29-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Kenneth Burke
Attitudes Toward History, Paperback (June 1984)
Marks the author's breakthrough in criticism from the literary and aesthetic into social theory and the philosophy of history. This title provides his first entry into what he calls his theory of Dramatism; and, an important section on the nature of ritual.
Permanence and Change, Paperback (May 1984)
Treats human communication in terms of ideal cooperation. In this book, the author establishes that form permeates society just as it does poetry and the arts. It states that forms of art are not exclusively aesthetic: the cycles of a storm, the gradations of a sunrise, the undoing of Prince Hamlet are all instances of progressive form.
Rhetoric of Religion, Paperback (April 1970)» View all books by Kenneth Burke
Pointing out that religion and language affect each other, the author proceeds to demonstrate how this is so by reference to a specific symbolic context. He analysess verbal action in St Augustine's Confessions, and then discusses the first three chapters of Genesis, and ends with an imaginary dialogue between the Lord and Satan.
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Author Biography - Kenneth Burke
Kenneth Burke was a self-taught thinker who attempted to integrate scientific and philosophical concepts with his analysis of semantics and literature. Between 1927 and 1929, Burke worked for the Dial as a music critic. After a brief stint with The Nation (1934-36), he turned to literary criticism and taught at Bennington College from 1943 to 1961. His many works have all been published by the University of California Press.
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