ENG691 201701 Graduate

Term: 
Fall 2017
Course: 
ENG691
Applies To: 
Graduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Kenneth Burke Seminar
Instructors: 

John Gage

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, Center for Teaching Writing
  • Phone: 541-346-3922
  • Office: 205 PLC
  • Office Hours: Winter term: By appt.
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.