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boundary 2 (2003) 30 (2): 65–96.
Published: 01 May 2003
...Donald E. Pease Duke University Press 2003 Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke: The Nonsymbolizable (Trans)Action Donald E. Pease 1. Ralph Ellison Signifying on the Shadow in Kenneth Burke’s Symbolic Action Thus on...
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boundary 2 (2021) 48 (1): 3–15.
Published: 01 February 2021
...Jonathan Arac With reference to the author’s experience with English and other languages, this essay reflects on the problem of American monolingualism and explores modes of learned critical attention to the work language does in society, examining writing by Kenneth Burke, Raymond Williams, Erich...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (4): 157–179.
Published: 01 November 2020
... despair. 2. Ammons s words, from an unpublished talk or perhaps a personal conversation, are quoted in Fletcher 2004: 179. 160 boundary 2 / November 2020 like that of Kenneth Burke about the constructed, rhetorical shape of human fictions, doesn t keep the critic from describing Spenser s poetry, without...
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boundary 2 (2003) 30 (2): 195–216.
Published: 01 May 2003
... of Paul de Man by recovering the rhetorical criticism of Kenneth Burke, which was arguably equally radical—in the sense of fundamentally challenging—but certainly more left oriented. By 1987, some months after my Critical Genealogies had appeared, the world learned that de Man had been closer to...
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boundary 2 (2005) 32 (3): 43–46.
Published: 01 August 2005
... whispering Gabriel García Márquez’s casual recognition, in Love in the Time of Cholera, that wisdom comes ‘‘when it can no longer do any good 2 One thinks here of Kenneth Burke, aroused and fortified by his puta- tive fifth of Jack Daniels each working day. Burke turned away from distrac- tions of...
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boundary 2 (2003) 30 (2): 1–4.
Published: 01 May 2003
... course, many references to Ellison’s practice of ‘‘writing by riffing Yet there is much more to learn from his exchanges with Kenneth Burke and Stanley Edgar Hyman on the issues of symbolic expression, entelechy, and the relationship between singular forms of musical expression and historical ways of...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (3): 59–72.
Published: 01 August 2017
... . Poems . New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux . Burke Kenneth . 1963 . “William Carlos Williams, 1883–1963.” New York Review of Books 1 , no. 2 : n.p. www.nybooks.com/articles/1963/06/01/william-carlos-williams-18831963/ Coetzee J. M. 2008 . Disgrace . London : Vintage...
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boundary 2 (2003) 30 (2): 115–136.
Published: 01 May 2003
... ‘‘a land of masking jokers 14 What could be more definitively American than Louis Armstrong, smiling? If it is a national gift, this humor, perhaps it is in line with Kenneth Burke’s idea of the comic frame of reference in art as the window on the world through which one could see the most: comedy...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (3): 213–221.
Published: 01 August 2008
... their principles of literary analysis, this void has become both a symptom and a cause of profound transformation. The departure, over half a century, of scholars with the prestige and the intellectual power of Erich Auerbach, Kenneth Burke, Américo Castro, Lucien Goldmann, Jacques...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (3): 139–161.
Published: 01 August 2013
... inequality. Millner also mentions Kenneth Warren’s So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism (Chi- cago: University of Chicago Press, 2004). Millner suggests that this trend started in the 1990s and looks at essays that represent a subset of these “left” “post post-” critiques...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (2): 5–17.
Published: 01 May 2020
... academic position, no aca- demic degree true also of the older critics Kenneth Burke and R. P. Black- mur, who both became close friends of Frank s and was employed as a journalist. He worked in Washington, D.C., for the Bureau of National Affairs, now owned by Bloomberg, which Wikipedia describes as a...
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boundary 2 (2002) 29 (2): 87–108.
Published: 01 May 2002
... post-Enlightenment thinkers and writers—Kierkegaard, Pound, Walter Benjamin, Kenneth Burke, and Harold Bloom come to mind—to discover a discourse that would be adequate to the task of understanding religious phenomena rather than simply explaining it away. I suppose each genera- tion must repeat...
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boundary 2 (2007) 34 (3): 33–46.
Published: 01 August 2007
..., Feminism, and Democracy, chaps. 1–2, 4, where I deploy Kenneth Burke’s distinction between tragic and comic “frames of acceptance” in the hope of detaching mainstream historians from their uniform fondness for narratives that combine energetically ironic form and inevitably pathetic content. 44...
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boundary 2 (2003) 30 (2): 5–19.
Published: 01 May 2003
... ‘‘melting pot is nothing less than a pluralist democracy. As substantial as a rock, yet no more tactile than the rhetorical strategies of a Whitman or an Emerson, or the ‘‘symbolic action’’ of a Kenneth Burke (who emerges here and elsewhere in Ellison as a heroic intellectual figure), this Ellisonian...
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boundary 2 (2021) 48 (1): 251–263.
Published: 01 February 2021
... departments I was raised in thought it natural and not in need of any hand-waving to include critics. The Providence College depart- ment featured the poet Brother Antoninus and the Chicago department fea- tured the multifaceted Kenneth Burke as a frequent visitor and created the place of the free play of...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (2): 147–182.
Published: 01 May 2013
.... Kenneth Burke, in his classic work The Philosophy of Literary Form (1941), posited a “statisti- cal method” for breaking down literary texts into discrete aesthetic compo- nents.⁵ Caroline Spurgeon, the great Shakespeare scholar of the 1930s, similarly employed statistical tools to track word use...
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boundary 2 (2003) 30 (2): 175–194.
Published: 01 May 2003
... Ellison routinely turns to comic effect in his fiction and essays. For if technique is, in Kenneth Burke’s phrase, a kind of ‘‘God-term’’ in Ralph Ellison’s critical vocabulary, this is not, I want to suggest, because of any implied superhuman powers in the how and the what of literary method...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (2): 125–143.
Published: 01 May 2009
... Libertarian Turn Left critics from Georg Lukács to Kenneth Burke and Fredric Jameson warn against the temptation to read out the political significance of a work from its most obvious political identifications. Still, if McCann and 130  boundary 2  /  Summer 2009 Szalay are correct in...
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boundary 2 (2012) 39 (2): 33–70.
Published: 01 May 2012
... addressing these principles to “you,” he spoke in the rhetorical register Kenneth Burke called “pure persuasion.” In persuading “you” of the desire to be persuaded, Obama propagated the belief that whatever poli- cies he would implement once he became president of the United States would effect the...
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boundary 2 (2006) 33 (1): 151–169.
Published: 01 February 2006
... huge literature on this subject. What is especially fascinating are examples of counterintuitive game strategizing, Nixon’s ‘‘madman strategy for instance, of the argument proffered by the military against developing a civil defense system (I thank Kenneth Arrow for informing me of the second...