Addressing Postmodernity: Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and a by Barbara Biesecker

By Barbara Biesecker

Biesecker finds the entire diversity of Kenneth Burke's contribution to the potential of social change.

In Addressing Postmodernity, Barbara Biesecker examines the connection among rhetoric and social swap and the methods people rework social family members in the course of the useful use of symbols.  In discerning the stipulations of threat for social transformation and the function of humans and rhetoric in it, Biesecker turns to the seminal paintings of Kenneth Burke.

Through an in depth interpreting of Burke's significant works, A Grammar of Motives, A Rhetoric of Motives, and The Rhetoric of Religion:  experiences in Logology, Biesecker addresses the serious subject of the

fragmentation of the modern lifeworld. As Biesecker indicates, postmodernity can have a massive effect on Burkeian scholarship and at the rhetorical critique of social family in general.

Biesecker confronts at once the demanding situations posed through postmodernity to social theorists and critics alike. In juxtaposing the paintings of Burke and Jurgen Habermas, Biesecker argues radicalized rereading of Burke's conception of the adverse opens the way in which towards a resolutely rhetorical thought of social swap and human agency.

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