Burke and Derrida

While re-reading Kenneth Burke's Counter-Statement (1931), I couldn’t help noticing a thematic similarity between the end of Burke’s “Thomas Mann and Andre Gide” and a chunk from the middle of Derrida’s famous essay, “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences.” These two passages seem linked in a kind of call-and-response relationship, with … Continue reading Burke and Derrida

The Rhetoric of Dreams: I.A. Richards, Martin Luther King, and the American Civil Rights Movement

For I.A. Richards, language is not simply a “signaling system” or “code” acting as an appendage to experience, but rather a vital “instrument” constitutive of experience that structures the reality in which we live (Nichols 129).  Since two individuals can never share the exact same experiences in life, they must use language as a tool for … Continue reading The Rhetoric of Dreams: I.A. Richards, Martin Luther King, and the American Civil Rights Movement