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ERIC Number: ED361699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 12
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Burke for Freshman and Advanced Composition Students: Two Perspectives.
Siebert, Bradley G.
Kenneth Burke has continued to exert a profound influence on recent theories of composition and rhetoric, specifically on how writing might be taught in the classroom. Two recent composition textbooks, "Process, Form, and Substance: A Rhetoric for Advanced Writers" by Richard Coe and "Writing Is Critical Action" by Tilly Warnock, demonstrate Burke's continuing influence. Both texts focus on the process of composition, or the notion of writing as action. Warnock develops terms for Burke's three principle ratios, and also develops questions associated with the five basic terms of the Burkean pentad. She reveals the difficulty she encountered trying to write an introduction to her volume, suggesting her own process of writing. Warnock begins the book with a strong plea for students to think of themselves as writers. Burkean thinking is integrated into Coe's book as well. Again, a central emphasis is on writing as process, as the title implies. Coe considers writing as a forming process, another reflection of Burkean thought. In two chapters, process and form meet, followed by a consideration of form in discourse, specifically narration and description. Coe situates his discussion of narration and description in the context of the linguistic constitution of perception. To conclude, both Coe and Warnock integrate Burkean theory into their texts, both in ways that should prove beneficial to the writers who use them. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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