Kenneth Burke + the Posthuman (Paperback)

Kenneth Burke + the Posthuman By Chris Mays (Editor), Nathaniel A. Rivers (Editor), Kellie Sharp-Hoskins (Editor) Cover Image
By Chris Mays (Editor), Nathaniel A. Rivers (Editor), Kellie Sharp-Hoskins (Editor)
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While rhetoric as a discipline is firmly planted in humanism and anthropology, posthumanism seeks to leave the human behind. This highly original examination of Kenneth Burke's thought grapples with these ostensibly contradictory concepts as opportunities for invention, revision, and, importantly, transdisciplinary knowledge making.

Rather than simply mapping posthumanist rhetorics onto Burke's scholarship, Kenneth Burke + The Posthuman focuses on the multiplicity of ideas found both in his work and in the idea of posthumanism. Taking varied approaches organized within a framework of boundaries and futures, the contributors show that studying the humanist theories of Burke in this way creates a satisfyingly chaotic web of interconnections. The essays look at how Burke's writing on the human mind and technology, from his earliest works to his very latest revisions, interrelates with current concepts such as new materiality and coevolution. Throughout, the contributors pay close attention to the fluidity, concerns, and contradictions inherent in language, symbolism, and subjectivity.

A unique, illuminating exploration of the contested relationship between bodies and language, this inherently transdisciplinary book will propel important future inquiry by scholars of rhetoric, Burke, and posthumanism.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Casey Boyle, Kristie Fleckenstein, Nathan Gale, Julie Jung, Steven B. Katz, Steven LeMieux, Jodie Nicotra, Jeff Pruchnic, Timothy Richardson, Thomas Rickert, and Robert Wess.

About the Author

Chris Mays is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno.Nathaniel A. Rivers is Associate Professor of English at Saint Louis University and coeditor of Thinking with Bruno Latour in Rhetoric and Composition and Literature as Equipment for Living: The Literary Reviews of Kenneth Burke.Kellie Sharp-Hoskins is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at New Mexico State University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780271079097
ISBN-10: 0271079096
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication Date: December 15th, 2017
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: Rsa Series in Transdisciplinary Rhetoric
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