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ERIC Number: ED119261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 16
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The Burkeian Pentad as Defined for Television Criticism.
Heller, Mary Ann
The purpose of this paper is to extend Gage Chapel's application of Kenneth Burke's dramatistic pentad to the persuasive aspects of television programs and to examine its relevance to television criticism. The five concepts underlying a Burkeian analysis are discussed: act, scene, agent, agency, and purpose, and the elements within Burke's dramatistic pentad are defined for application to dramatic television productions. The last section of this document concerns the application of the pentad to a production of the television series M*A*S*H. It is concluded that Burke's pentad as applied to television provides the critic with a beginning structure and a general system of understanding the improtance of the various components. The pentad is a conceptual organizing tool to be used to mold the substance of thought the critic brings to the critical experience. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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