Edited by Ann George and M. Elizabeth Weiser
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978-1-64317-332-0 (paperback, $38.95); 978-1-64317-334-7 (PDF, $29.95); 978-1-64317-333-4 (EPUB, $29.95) © 2023 by Parlor Press. 314 pages, with illustrations, bibliography, and index.
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Teaching students to be “symbol-wise” about the world is vital not simply to students in a successful class but to citizens in a functioning nation. Humans make sense of their world through language, and Kenneth Burke, the “word man,” spent a lifetime considering how language symbols help us better understand ourselves and our interactions with others. Becoming symbol-wise is a skill teachable—and relevant—to any student of communal life in these divisive times. IN THE CLASSROOM WITH KENNETH BURKE pulls together some of the long-standing icons of Burkean pedagogy and some of its newest voices to show how any teacher can teach Burke’s concepts of symbolic analysis, updated for modern classrooms and incorporating his ideas into full courses, assignment sequences, or single units.
The authors share helpful pointers, syllabi, and lesson plans that make teaching Burke accessible to students in everything from a first-year composition course to an advanced graduate program—in rhetoric, writing and communication, political science, education, even the health professions. IN THE CLASSROOM WITH KENNETH BURKE provides practical approaches to and passionate arguments for teaching Burke’s ideas and methods to new generations of students, who now, more than ever, must effectively engage with complex issues of identity, power, and conflict.
Contributors include James Beasley, Elvera Berry, David Blakesley, Bryan Crable, Rachel Chapman Daugherty, Ann George, Annie Laurie Nichols, Kris Rutten, Jack Selzer, Jarron Slater, Jouni Tilli, Laura Van Beveren, Shannon Walters, and M. Elizabeth Weiser.
About the Editors
Ann George is Professor of English at Texas Christian University, where she teaches courses on rhetorical history, theory, and criticism; editing; and style. Her publications include Kenneth Burke’s Permanence and Change: A Critical Companion, Women and Rhetoric between the Wars, and Kenneth Burke in the 1930s. She was introduced to Burke in 1993 as part of Jack Selzer’s first Penn State Burke seminar; she approaches Burke via archival research, feminist historiography, and critical pedagogy.
M. Elizabeth Weiser is Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of English at The Ohio State University, where she teaches rhetoric, professional and creative writing. She authored Burke, War, Words and Museum Rhetoric; she has co-edited Engaging Audience, Women and Rhetoric between the Wars, the The Fertile Earth and the Ordered Cosmos, and the forthcoming Taboos in Museology. Beginning serious study of Burke in a dissertation project with Ann George, she was treasurer of the Burke Society from 2014–2021 and is now on the executive board of the ICOM International Committee for Museology.
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