Talk:Kenneth Burke

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Burke's song[edit]

I added a note about Burke's song "One Light in a Dark Valley" (sorry I forgot the edit summary) and linked back from his song credit in the track listing for Dance Band on the Titanic. See e.g. http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/j/m/jms19/photographs-exhibit.html or http://chapinsongs.tripod.com/page9.html, as well as the liner notes for the album, for references to his authorship of the song. Szarka 16:25, 12 February 2006 (UTC) szarka

family[edit]

His family seems to be full of notable people; maybe someone with access to a biography could write a section about that. Sci girl 08:53, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

Along those lines: his daughter "France Burke"—could this be a typo for "Frances Burke"? I can't find much about Burke's family. Can anyone else? --Alan W (talk) 16:18, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

scholarly niche[edit]

It seems a stretch to call Burke a "philosopher." It's true that his works draw upon the work of philosophers of the period, and he clearly knew many of his contemporaries who were engaged in philosophy. But in the field of academic philosophy he's an unknown; where he is known, he's considered at lit-crit. There are some cross-overs in any scholarly discipline, of course. There is a journal Philosophy & Rhetoric, for example. But there's no evidence that Burke really saw himself contributing to such discussions, outside of some fairly obscure aesthetic theories. Maybe 'rhetorical theorist' would be more consistent with what someone who addresses the themes that Burke did would be called today. C d h (talk) 03:15, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

But: Aristotelian (and Renaissance) Rhetoric are not "some fairly obscure" theories. He furiously mis-handled them, of course, but this treatment of past theories obviously a sure sign of the true philosopher?--Radh (talk) 07:48, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

Mein Kampf[edit]

Apparently Burke wrote a now legendary, piercing critique of Mein Kampf [1], mention of which should probably go here as well as at MK. Not sure where to put it yet, so ill at least mention it here.Oops, the essay has its own article here, so i just added it to his bibliography. that was easy.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 16:15, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

Introductory and personal history sections[edit]

The introductory section above Burke's personal history is very informal and should be rewritten. The two sentences, "Burke became a highly distinguished writer after getting out of college, and starting off serving as an editor and critic instead, while he developed his relationships with other successful writers. He would later return to the university to lecture and teach." could use a serious rewrite with more information and a more formal tone.

The personal history section is also lacking a formal tone, and could stand to be rewritten. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joeyvandernaald (talkcontribs) 19:02, 3 May 2013 (UTC)