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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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