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The Rhetoric of Redemption : Kenneth Burke's Redemption Drama and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' Speech - David A. Bobbitt

The Rhetoric of Redemption

Kenneth Burke's Redemption Drama and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' Speech

Hardcover Published: 12th February 2004
ISBN: 9780742529274
Number Of Pages: 156

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The Rhetoric of Redemption applies Kenneth Burke's theory of guilt-purification-redemption in a close, critical analysis of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, developing and examining the implications of Burke's redemption drama in contemporary public discourse. Bobbitt studies the impact of the speech over time, arguing that while King's speech contains an inspirational vision of national redemption, it does so by omitting the real difficulties of overcoming America's racial divisions.

This is a compelling book that productively advances Kenneth Burke's theories of symbolic action, guilt-purification-redemption, and the legacy of MLK, Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech for civil rights discourse in this country. Wonderfully produced ... Bobbitt's arguments are consistent, well presented, and judicious. * KB Journal *
This unique volume presents the historical context with stinging sharpness, reprising the verbal pyrotechnics and the continuing relevance of one of the most dramatic periods of American history. Those of us who lived through those apocalyptic days are astounded by Bobbitt's ear and the depth of his analysis. This book is a benediction. -- Andrew King, Louisiana State University

Prefacep. ix
Context and Critical Methodologiesp. 1
Agent and Scenep. 11
Act: The Redemption of the Audience's Guiltp. 27
Purification and Redemptionp. 41
Metaphoric Analysisp. 63
Evaluation of the Theory of Guilt-Purification-Redemptionp. 87
Evaluation of "I Have a Dream" and Its Legacyp. 101
Conclusionp. 123
Referencesp. 127
Indexp. 137
About the Authorp. 141
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ISBN: 9780742529274
ISBN-10: 0742529274
Series: Communication, Media, and Politics
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 12th February 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 16.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.4