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ERIC Number: ED372425
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-8
Pages: 15
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Teaching Rhetorical Studies: Dramatism as Liberator and Oppressor.
Palmeri, Anthony J.
Kenneth Burke's Dramatism, as a "meta-perspective," encourages a liberating awareness of the shortcomings of all rhetorics by upholding a "comic frame" that exhorts commitment without dogmatism, tolerance without uncritical relativism. Teachers of rhetoric can use a liberating comic frame that acknowledges the recalcitrance of the "real world," since it mediates between uncritical dogmatism and uncritical relativism. However, Dramatism can be oppressive if it is conceived of in terms of the "insight" it offers. In those terms, Dramatism is like a bank surveillance camera that "watches" and "points out" the oppressive transaction but is ill-suited to act to do something about it. An instructor worked with students at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, on ways of transforming the "bank" into a democratic space. Students set up a "grassroots" discussion group, which evolved into an alternative campus newspaper dedicated to the promotion of a democratic voice for the expression of alternative and historically marginalized voices. (Contains 17 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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