Elements of Dramatism

ISBN-10: 0205334253

ISBN-13: 9780205334254

Edition: 2002

Authors: David Blakesley

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This brief paperback focuses on the analytical methods Kenneth Burke coined as dramatism, which has exerted an enormous influence for many years on people interested in the dynamics of human communication and symbol-use in many areas of study, particularly composition and speech communication. Each chapter includes discussions of key concepts in the context of dramatism and rhetoric, extended applications of these concepts to a variety of rhetorical problems and forms (including literature, photography, and film), and clear guidelines for applying the strategies discussed to student -generated topics.
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List price: $53.80
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/4/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Stephen Elliott has been a scientist at Chiang Mai University since 1986, where he teaches courses on wildlife conservation and tropical plant ecology. David Blakesley is the director of Wildlife Landscapes, an ecological consultancy based in the UK which is involved with habitat restoration of temperate and tropical ecosystems. Kate Hardwick has a PhD in restoration ecology from the University of Wales and works in the restoration ecology team at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Preface for Instructors
Preface for Students
Dramatism and Rhetoric
Representative Words
All the Words, a Stage
Dramatism, Rhetoric, and the Pentad
On Interpretation
Kenneth Burke, "All Living Things Are Critics"
Tracking Down Implications
Identification and Consubstantiality
Identification and Transformation
Logomachy: Wars of Words and Nerves
Cooperation and Competition
"Road to Victory": The Basis for Dramatism
The Resources of Ambiguity
Kenneth Burke, "Introduction: The Five Key Terms of Dramatism"
Tracking Down Implications
The Pentad
The Pentadic Ratios: Scene-Act
The Scene-Act Ratio: School Violence
Research and Writing Activities
Preview of the Following Chapters
The Dramatistic Analysis of Form
The Writer's Situation
Burke's Parlor
Tracking Down Implications
Piety and Form
Types of Form
Syllogistic Progression
Qualitative Progression
Repetitive Form
Conventional Form
Dramatism on the World's Stage
Hitler's Polemic
Kenneth Burke, "The Rhetoric of Hitler's 'Battle'"
Tracking Down Implications
The Pentadic Ratios: Scene-Agent
The Scene-Agent Ratio: The Writer as Propagandist
Research and Writing Activities
Terministic Screens
Representative Anecdotes
Scope and Circumference
Cluster Analysis
Cluster Analysis: William Carlos Williams's "The Red Wheelbarrow"
The Image and the Word
Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects
The Pentadic Ratios: Act-Agency
The Act-Agency Ratios of Hacktivism
Civil and Electronic Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau, "Resistance to Civil Government" (Civil Disobedience)
Tracking Down Implications
Research and Writing Activities
The Resources of Terminology
Signs, Signifiers, and Signifieds
"What Are the Signs of What?"
Entelechy and "Jumping to Conclusions"
The Five Dogs of Meaning
The Strategies of Dialectic: Merger and Division
Plato's Gorgias
Plato, Gorgias (380 BCE)
Tracking Down Implications
Dialogue and Dialectic
Plato's Phaedrus
The Pentadic Ratios: Agent-Purpose
Serial Narratives/Serial Murderers: Thomas Harris's Hannibal
The Rhetoric of Desire
Thomas Harris, From Hannibal
Research and Writing Activities
The Public Memory, Rhetoric, and Ideology
The Dissociative Memory and "Purposive Forgetting"
Repression, Memory, and Aphasia
Dramatism and Rhetoric as Ideological Inquiry
"To Infinity ... and Beyond!": The Case of Toy Story 2
The Pentadic Ratios: Scene-Purpose
Scene-Purpose in Don DeLillo's White Noise
Don DeLillo, White Noise, Chapter 15
Tracking Down Implications
The Rhetoric of Substance
Kenneth Burke, Paradox of Substance
Tracking Down Implications
Research and Writing Activities
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