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ERIC Number: ED442100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 16
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"We Must Have Writers": An Introduction to the Narrative Rhetorical Theory of Meridel LeSueur.
Allen, Julia M.
This paper examines the life and works of Meridel LeSueur, a colleague of Kenneth Burke, and herself a radical writer during the 1920s and 1930s. The paper states that LeSueur's primary aim was to establish an indigenous working-class culture to support working-class action. It notes that her arguments about writing build upon the rhetorical foundation of her mother, Marian Wharton LeSueur, and first appeared in the "New Masses," a magazine written by and for radical members of the American middle class. The paper then traces her development as a socialist intellectual, and discusses her many articles on writing. In 1939, according to the paper, Meridel LeSueur shifted audiences, and instead of speaking to practicing writers, she wrote a manual for the students she was teaching in the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The paper reports that in 1995, when Meridel was 95 and bedridden, she admitted to still being in the Communist Party, and she articulated the essence of her rhetorical stance: "The difference between a bourgeois writer and a working-class writer is knowing what you are looking at--the bourgeois writer doesn't have an attitude towards what he sees--he doesn't see how it relates to other things and events." (Contains 13 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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