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ERIC Number: ED355606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 23
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Perspective Realism and the Rhetorical Vision: A Philosophical Foundation for Fantasy Theme Analysis.
Behr, Daniel
This paper explores the philosophical foundations and implications of fantasy theme analysis, introduced by Ernest B. Bormann in 1972. The paper rejects the appropriation of fantasy theme analysis as compatible with, or as support for the philosophical position of relativism and relativist rhetorical theories. Rather, it suggests that fantasy theme analysis is more appropriately grounded in an objectivist philosophical position and in the theory of rhetoric known as perspective realism. After a detailed discussion of these issues, the paper concludes by suggesting how fantasy theme analysis would function more productively as a critical theory based on perspective realism and by recommending for future research, a study of the applications of fantasy theme analysis in scholarly journals to see if the components of perspectivism identified in Bormann's theory are evidenced in its application. (Contains 16 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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