From the Publisher"A singularly impressive scholarly work. As the author points out so deftly in his introduction, Burke's rhetoric has been too long ignored or simply used to serve other purposes, and it has never been subjected to the close textual analysis it receives in this work. The result of Browne's study is to present Burke and his work in a light that was clearly essential to Burke himself, one that illuminates the close connection between rhetoric construction and action that is so necessary to a fuller understanding of the man, his career, and his discourse. "This book is an extremely important addition to Burke scholarship. . . .Browne's demonstration of the textual/contextual connections is firmly rooted in historical, critical, and theoretical scholarship and evidences a firm and broad command of relevant literature. The essays stand as an exemplar of a rich interpretive approach to rhetorical texts, an approach that can be studied with profit by young and mature critics alike.
Close readings of Burke's public discourse and political writings
BooknewsIrish-born Burke (1729-97) is studied mostly for his philosophical and literary contributions to modern thought, but Browne (rhetoric and communication, U. of California, Davis) explores the significance of his decision to engage his principles in public life and his insistence that virtue should underlie civil action, not merely be printed in philosophical tomes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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