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Kenneth Burke and Rhetorical Studies: Sources

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Kenneth Burke Bibliographies. K-B Journal.
Books and Articles in Rhetoric and Communication
Anderson, Floyd D., and Lawrence J. Prelli. "Pentadic Cartography: Mapping the Universe of Discourse." Quarterly Journal of Speech 87 (2001): 73-95.
Appel, Edward C. "Implications and Importance of the Negative in Burke's Dramatistic Philosophy of Language." Communication Quarterly 41 (1993): 51-65.
---. "The Rhetoric of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Comedy and Context in Tragic Collision." Western Journal of Communication 61 (1997): 376-402.
Baxter, Gerald D., and Pat M. Taylor. "Burke's Theory of Consubstantiality and Whitehead's Concept of Concrescence." Communication Monographs 45 (1978): 173-180.
Biesecker, Barbara A. Addressing Postmodernity: Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and a Theory of Social Change. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2000.
Birdsell, David S. "Kenneth Burke at the Nexus of Argument and Trope." Argumentation and Advocacy 29 (1993): 178-185


"Ronald Reagan on Lebanon and Grenada: Flexibility and Interpretation in the Application of Kenneth Burke's Pentad." Quarterly Journal of Speech 73 (1987): 267279.

Blain, Michael. "The Politics of Victimage: Power and Subjection in a U.S. Anti-Gay Campaign." Critical Discourse Studies 2 (2005): 31-50.

Blankenship, Jane, et al.

"The 1980 Republican Primary Debates: The Transformation of Actor to Scene." Quarterly Journal of Speech 69 (1983): 2536.

Bostdorff, Denise M. "Making Light of James Watt: A Burkean Approach to the Form and Attitude of Political Cartoons. Quarterly Journal of Speech 73 (1987): 43-59.
Brock, Bernard L., ed. Kenneth Burke and Contemporary European Thought: Rhetoric in Transition. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1995.

Brummett, Barry.

"Burkean Comedy and Tragedy, Illustrated in Reactions to the Arrest of John DeLorean." Central States Speech Journal 35 (1984): 217227.


"Burkean Scapegoating, Mortification, and Transcendence in Presidential Campaign Rhetoric." Central States Speech Journal 32 (1981): 254264.

---. "Burke's Representative Anecdote as a Method in Media Criticism." Ed. John Louis Lucaites, Celeste Michelle Condit, and Sally Caudill. Contemporary Rhetorical Theory: A Reader. New York, NY : Guilford, 1999. 479-493.

"A Pentadic Analysis of Ideologies in Two Gay Rights Controversies." Central States Speech Journal 30 (1979): 250261.


"Symbolic Form, Burkean Scapegoating, and Rhetorical Exigency in Alioto's Response to the 'Zebra' Murders." Western Journal of Speech Communication 44 (1980): 6473.

Carlson, Cheree A.

"Gandhi and the Comic Frame: "Ad bellum purificandum." Quarterly Journal of Speech 72 (1986): 446455.


"Limitations on the Comic Frame: Some Witty American Women of the Nineteenth Century." Quarterly Journal of Speech 74 (1988): 310322.

  "You Know It When You See It: The Rhetorical Hierarchy of Race and Gender in Rhinelander v. Rhinelander." Quarterly Journal of Speech 85 (1999): 111-128.
Carmichael, Thomas. "Postmodernism, Symbolicity, and the Rhetoric of the Hyperreal: Kenneth Burke, Fredric Jameson, and Jean Baudrillard." Text and Performance Quarterly 11 (1991): 319-324.

Carter, C. Allen.

Kenneth Burke and the Scapegoat Process. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1996.

Coe, Richard M. "Defining Rhetoric--and Us: A Meditation on Burke's Definitions." The Kinneavy Papers: Theory and the Study of Discourse. Ed. Lynn Worsham et al. Albany, NY : State U of New York P, 2000. 353-367.

Condit, Celeste.

"Framing Kenneth Burke: Sad Tragedy or Comic Dance?" Quarterly Journal of Speech 80 (1994): 7782.

Condit, Celester Michelle, and J. Ann Selzer. "The Rhetoric of Objectivity in the Newspaper Coverage of a Murder Trial." Critical Studies in Mass Communication 2 (1985): 197-216.

Conrad, Charles.

"Phases, Pentads, and Dramatistic Critical Process." Central States Speech Journal 35 (1984): 94104.

Cooks, Leda, and Descutner, David. "Different Paths from Powerlessness to Empowerment: A Dramatistic Analysis of Two Eating Disorder Therapies." Western Journal of Communication 57 (1993): 494-514.

Copeland, Gary A., and Dan Slater.

"Television, Fantasy and Vicarious Catharsis." Critical Studies in Mass Communication 2 (1985): 352362.

Corcoran, Farrell.

"The Bear in the Back Yard: Myth, Ideology, and Victimage Ritual in Soviet Funerals." Communication Monographs 50 (1983): 305320.

Crable, Bryan. "Burke's Perspectives on Perspectives: Grounding Dramatism in the Representative Anecdote." Quarterly Journal of Speech 86 (2000): 318-333.
---. "Ideology as 'Metabiology': Rereading Burke's Permanence and Change." Quarterly Journal of Speech 84 (1998): 303-319.
---. "Race and A Rhetoric of Motives: Kenneth Burke's Dialogue with Ralph Ellison." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 33 (2003): 5-25

"Rhetoric, Anxiety and Character Armor: Burke's Interactional Rheoric of Identity 1." Western Journal of Communication 70 (2006): 1-22.

Crafton, Jeffrey A. The Agency of the Apostle: A Dramatistic Analysis of Paul's Responses to Conflict in 2 Corinthians. JSNT Supplement Series 51. Sheffield: JSOT P, 1991.
Crusius, Timothy W. Kenneth Burke and the Conversation after Philosophy. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1999.
Darr, Christopher R. "Civility as Rhetorical Enactment: The John Ashcroft 'Debates' and Burke's Theory of Form." Southern Communication Journal 70 (2005): 316-328.
Day, Dennis G. "Persuasion and the Concepts of Identification." Quarterly Journal of Speech 46 (1960): 270-273.
Engnell, Richard A. "Materiality, Symbolicity, and the Rhetoric of Order: 'Dialectical Biologism' as Motive in Burke." Western Journal of Communication 62 (1998): 1-25.
Enos, Theresa. "'Verbal Atom Cracking': Burke and a Rhetoric of Reading." Philosophy and Rhetorci 31 (1998): 64-70.
Ewbank, Henry L. "The Constitution: Burkeian, Brandesian and Borkian Perspectives." Southern Communication Journal 61 (1996): 220-232.
Farrel, Corcoran. "The Bear in the Back Yard: Myth, Ideology, and Victimage Ritual in Soviet Funerals." Communication Monographs 50 (1983): 305-320.
Foss, Karen A. "John Lennon and the Advisory Function of Eulogies." Central States Speech Journal 34 (1983): 187-194.
Gaines, Robert N. "Identification and Redemption in Lysias' Against Eratosthenes." Central States Speech Journal 30 (1979): 199-210.
Genter, Robert. "Toward a Theory of Rhetoric: Ralph Ellison, Kenneth Burke, and the Problem of Modernism." Twentieth Century Literature: A Scholarly and Critical Journal 48 (2002: 191-214
George, Ann, and Jack Selzer. "What Happened at the First American Writers' Congress? Kenneth Burke's 'Revolutionary Symbolism in America'." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 33 (2003): 47-66.
Gronbeck, Bruce E. "John Morley and the Irish Question: Chart-Prayer-Dream." Speech Monographs 40 (1973): 287-295.

Hahn, Dan F., and Anne Morland.

"A Burkean Analysis of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address." Presidential Studies Quarterly 9 (1979): 376389.

Hansen, Andrew C. "The Stasis in Counter-Statement: 'Applications of the Terminology' as Attempted Reconciliation of the Formal and the Rhetorical." Rhetoric Review 20 (2001): 293-313.
Henderson, Graig E., and David Cratis Williams, eds. Unending Conversations: New Writings By and About Kenneth Burke. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2001.
Horan, James L. "Solzhenitsyn on Detente: A Study of Perspective by Incongruity." Southern Speech Communication Journal 42 (1976): 163-177.
Hubbard, Bryan. "Reassessing Truman, the Bomb, and Revisionism: The Burlesque Frame and Entelechy in the Decision to Use Atomic Weapons against Japan." Western Journal of Communication 62 (1998): 348-385.
Hassett, Michael. "Sophisticated Burke: Kenneth Burke as a Neosophistic Rhetorician." Rhetoric Review 13 (1995): 371-390.
Hawhee, Debra. "Burke and Nietzsche." Quarterly Journal of Speech 85 (1999): 129-145.

Kelley, Colleen E.

"The 1984 Campaign Rhetoric of Representative George Hansen: A Pentadic Analysis." Western Journal of Speech Communication 51 (1987): 204217.

Kenny, Robert Wade. "The Constitutional Dialectic." Quarterly Journal of Speech 86 (2000): 455-464.
---. "The Rhetoric of Kevorkian's Battle." Quarterly Journal of Speech 86 (2000): 386-401.
---. "Truth as Metaphor: Imaginative Vision and the ethos of Rhetoric." The Ethos of Rhetoric. Ed. Michael J. Hyde. Greenville: U of South Carolina P, 2004. 34-55.
King, Andrew. "Burkean Theory Reborn: How Burkean Studies Assimilated Its Postmodern Critics." Rhetoric Review 20 (2001): 32-37.

King, Robert L.

"Transforming Scandal into Tragedy: A Rhetoric of Political Apology." Quarterly Journal of Speech 71 (1985): 289301.

Klumpp, James F. "A Rapprochement between Dramatism and Argumentation." Argumentation and Advocacy 29 (1993): 164-177.

Klope, David C.

"Defusing a Foreign Policy Crisis: Myth and Victimage in Reagan's 1983 Lebanon/Grenada Address." Western Journal of Speech Communication 50 (1986): 336349.

Kuseski, Brenda.

"Kenneth Burke's 'Five Dogs' and Mother Teresa's Love." Quarterly Journal of Speech 74 (1988): 323333.

Levasseur, David. "Edifying Arguments and Perspective by Incongruity: The Perplexing Argumentation Method of Kenneth Burke." Argumentation and Advocacy 29 (1993): 195-203.
Lindsay, Stan A. "Waco and Andover: An Application of Kenneth Burke's Concept of Psychotic Entelechy." Quarterly Journal of Speech 85 (1999): 268-284.

Ling, David A.

"A Pentadic Analysis of Senator Edward Kennedy's Address to the People of Massachusetts, July 25, 1969." Central States Speech Journal 21 (1970): 8186.

Lule, Jack.

"The Political Use of Victims: The Shaping of the Challenger Disaster." Political Communication and Persuasion 7 (1989): 115128.


"Victimage in Times Coverage of the KAL Flight 007 Shooting." Journalism Quarterly 66 (1989): 615620.

Mackey-Kallis, Susan, and Dan F. Hahn. "Questions of Public Will and Private Action: The Power of the Negative in the Reagans' 'Just Say No' Morality Campaign." Communication Quarterly 39 (1991): 1-17.
---. "Who's To Blame for America's Drug Problem?: The Search for Scapegoats in the 'War on Drugs'." Communication Quarterly 42 (1994): 1-20.
Mackin, James A. "A Trinitarian Logology." Southern Communication Journal 60 (1994): 195-210.
Maddux, Kristy. "Finding Comedy in Theology: A Hopeful Supplement to Burke's Logology." Philosophy & Rhetoric 39 (2006): 208-232.

Madsen, Arnold.

"The Comic Frame as a Corrective to Bureaucratization: A Dramatistic Perspective on Argumentation." Argumentation and Advocacy 29 (1993): 164177.

Marlier, John. "Fifteen Minutes of Glory: A Burkean Analysis of Press Coverage of Oliver North's Testimony." Political Communication and Persuasion 6 (1989): 269-288.
Mehurst, Martin J. "McGovern at Wheaton: A Quest for Redemption." Communication Quarterly 25 (1977): 32-39.
Moore, Mark P. "Constructing Irreconcilable Conflict: The Function of Synecdoche in the Spotted Owl Controversy." Communication Monographs 60 (1993): 258-274.
---. "Rhetorical Subterfuge and 'The Principle of Perfection': Bob Packwood's Response to Sexual Misconduct Charges." Western Journal of Communication 60 (1996): 1-20.
Murray, Jeffrey W. "Kenneth Burke: A Dialogue of Motives." Philosophy & Rhetoric 35 (2002): 22-49.
Palczewski, Catherine Helen. "Contesting Pornography: Terministic Catharsis and Definitional Argument." Argumentation & Advocacy 38 (2001): 1-17.

Olson, Kathryn M., and Clark D. Olson.

"Beyond Strategy: A Reader-Centered Analysis of Irony's Dual Persuasive Uses." Quarterly Journal of Speech 90 (2004): 24-52.
Parson, Donn W. "Kenneth Burke and Argument?" Argumentation and Advocacy 29 (1993): 145-147.
Pruchnic, Jeff "Rhetoric, Cybernetics, and the Work of the Body in Burke's Body of Work."
Quandahl, Ellen. " 'More Than Lessons in How to Read': Burke, Freud, and the Resources of Symbolic Transformation." College English 64 (2001): 633-654.
Rasmussen, Karen. "Transcendence in Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony." Quarterly Journal of Speech 80 (1994): 150-173.
Rockler, Naomi R. "Rockler, Naomi R: Overcoming 'It's Just Entertainment': Perspective by Incongruity as Strategy for Media Literacy." Journal of Popular Film & Television 30 (2002): 16-22.
Rod, David K. "Kenneth Burke's Concept of Entitlement." Communication Monographs 49 (1982): 20-32.

Rosenfield, Lawrence W.

"August 9, 1974: The Victimage of Richard Nixon." Communication Quarterly 24 (1976): 1923.

---. "Rhetorical Landscapes in America: Variations on a Theme from Kenneth Burke." Philosophy & Rhetoric 39 (2006):172-173.
Rosteck, Thomas, and Michael Leff. "Piety, Propriety, and Perspective: An Interpretation and Application of Key Terms in Kenneth Burke's Permanence and Change." Western Journal of Speech Communication 53 (1989): 327-341.
Rountree, Clarke. "Instantiating 'The Law' and Its Dissents in Korematsu v. United States: A Dramatistic Analysis of Judicial Discourse." Quarterly Journal of Speech 87 (2001): 1-24.
Selzer, Jack. Kenneth Burke in Greenwich Village: Conversing with the Moderns, 1915-1931. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1996.
Sheriff, Stacey. "Resituating Kenneth Burke's 'My Approach to Communism'." Rhetorica 23 (2005): 281-295.
Snee, Brian J. "The Spirit and the Flesh: The Rhetorical Nature of The Last Temptation of Christ." Journal of Media and Religion 4 (2005): 45-61.
Stob, Paul. "Kenneth Burke, John Dewey, and the Pursuit of the Public." Philosophy & Rhetoric 38 (2005): 226-247.
Stone, William S. "The Southern Baptist Controversy: A Social Drama." Journal of Communication and Religion 15 (1992): 99-115.
Watts, Eric King. "The ethos of a Black Aesthetic: An Exploration of Larry Neal's Visions of a Liberated Future." The Ethos of Rhetoric. Ed. Michael J. Hyde. Greenville: U of South Carolina P, 2004. 98-113.
Westerfelhaus, Robert, and Ciekawy, Diane. "Cleansing the Social Body: Witchcraft Accusation in an African Community as an Example of Multi-Hierarchical Victimage." Communication Quarterly 46 (1998): 269-283.

Wilkie, Carol.

"The Scapegoating of Bruno Richard Hauptmann: The Rhetorical Process in Prejudicial Publicity." Central States Speech Journal 32 (1981): 100110.

Wolin, Ross. The Rhetorical Imagination of Kenneth Burke. Greenville: U of South Carolina P, 2001.
Zulick, Margaret D. "The Agon of Jeremiah: On the Dialogic Invention of Prophetic Ethos." Quarterly Journal of Speech 78 (1992): 125148.
---. "The ethos of Invention: The Dialogue of Ethics and Aesthetics in Kenneth Burke and Mikhail Bakhtin." The Ethos of Rhetoric. Ed. Michael J. Hyde. Greenville: U of South Carolina P, 2004. 20-33.