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ERIC Number: ED054156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 131
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An Interpretation of Kenneth Burke's Order and the Narrative Applied to Selected Newbery Medal Novels for Children.
Hardgrave, Wilma Jean Baker
The problem was to apply selected Burkean concepts, limited to poetics or form, to randomly chosen Newbery medal novels to ascertain if the novels were properly constructed, representative of ultimate order. The novels were placed in five groups to represent the emphasis of the dramatic idea: history, fantasy, animals, other lands and cultures, and today. Only 6 of the 17 novels considered were judged to be properly constructed narratives. The conclusions were: (1) the order of novels for children has been studied by using questions based on selected Burkean principles with citations as evidence; (2) mannered language is characteristic of the novels which are not examples of order; (3) style, related acts, and a variety of themes are characteristic of the six novels of order which represent all groups except the novel of today. The analyses made through the use of Burkean questions gave more questions than answers; however, this approach did provide a way to evaluate novels for children as literature. The answers and questions will elicit other types or modes of evaluation. (Author/DB)
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