ENG691 201701 Graduate

Fall 2017
ENG 691
Applies To: 
Kenneth Burke Seminar

John Gage

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, Center for Teaching Writing
  • Phone: 541-346-3922
  • Office: 301K Tykeson Hall
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Department Section Description: 

We will read and discuss the critical writings of Kenneth Burke, whose philosophy of language makes rhetoric (“the use of language as a symbol system to induce cooperation in beings that by nature respond to symbols”) an architectonic principle for the study of how ideology and symbolicity permeate all forms of appeal, literary and non-literary. Burke defines a core of principles about human motives as accounted for by the nature of language and its use and misuse, methodologically associated with the history of rhetoric.