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PRELLI, Lawrence J., ANDERSON, Floyd D. and ALTHOUSE, Matthew T.

Spring 2011, 41:2, pages 97 - 124

Kenneth Burke on Recalcitrance

Abstract:
This essay discloses distinctive but overlapping realist, communicative, and critical dimensions of Burke's concept of recalcitrance. Previous scholarly uses of the concept have tended to yield only partial understandings of one or another of these three distinctive dimensions. Moreover, that previous work overlooked some of Burke's pivotal and revealing writings on the term when elaborating its meaning, including his designation of the term's application to factors that substantiate, incite, and correct statements. This essay offers the term's first comprehensive account that integrates overlooked writings and yields its full range of conceptual dimensions and applications as Burke had envisioned them.

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