Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin

Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin

by Warren Rochelle
     
 

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This book explores the use of imaginative literature as persuasion, focusing on the science fiction of Ursula Le Guin and her rhetorical use of myth. The author concludes that Le Guin (like Emerson, Peirce, Thoreau, Whitman, and Dewey) is a romantic/pragmatic rhetorician. In that sense, she is arguing for what Vico argued for in the eighteenth century: that

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This book explores the use of imaginative literature as persuasion, focusing on the science fiction of Ursula Le Guin and her rhetorical use of myth. The author concludes that Le Guin (like Emerson, Peirce, Thoreau, Whitman, and Dewey) is a romantic/pragmatic rhetorician. In that sense, she is arguing for what Vico argued for in the eighteenth century: that knowledge should be seen and studied as an integrated whole, and that Cartesian thinking is only part of how humans make meaning.

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"In this revised doctoral dissertation, the creative writer Rochelle brings an expertise in storytelling to theoretical discussions."—Science Fiction Studies

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Rochelle (English, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA) argues that Le Guin, by revisioning and reshaping myth in her fantastical stories, subverts myth itself<-- >particularly the myth of the Hero and the Quest and the myth of utopia<-->as a way of making her case for the importance of feminist and Native American solutions to modern ways of making meaning. Rochelle's study of Le Guin's cycle, , , and other works places her rhetoric alongside that of Emerson, Thoreau, C.S. Peirce, and John Dewey as a romantic/pragmatic rhetoric that argues for the value of the subjective, the personal, the private, the small, and the feminine. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780853238768
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Series:
Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

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