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Language as Sensuous Action: Sir Richard Paget, Kenneth Burke, and Gesture-Speech Theory

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Title: Language as Sensuous Action: Sir Richard Paget, Kenneth Burke, and Gesture-Speech Theory
Author(s): Hawhee, Debra
Subject(s): rhetoric bodies speech gesture
Abstract: This paper offers a somatic genealogy of Kenneth Burke’s dramatism and its related cluster--symbolic action, attitude, identification--by tracing their development in relation to Sir Richard Paget’s theory of Gesture-Speech. Paget’s theory that humans speech derives from the use and development of bodily gestures held Burke’s interest for at least a decade while such crucial concepts were incubating. An examination of Paget’s theory in Burke’s early work offers a newly energized account of Burkean rhetorical theory. Such an account serves as a reminder that speech--and by Burke’s extension, rhetoric--is always a joint performance of body and mind.
Issue Date: 2006-11
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation Info: Quarterly Journal of Speech 92:4, 331-354
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/5219
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-04-27
 

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