This special issue of KB Journal (8.1, Spring 2012) is the last prepared by outgoing editor Andy King. The issue begins with Andy's Editorial: Soldiers of the Burke Legion and is followed by an outstanding series of interviews and articles that take Burke and related scholarship in new directions. Andy interviews James Klumpp in “The Burke I Knew.” This interview is followed by Richard H. Thames's The Meaning of the Motivorum’s Motto: "Ad bellum purificandum" to "Tendebantque manus ripae ulterioris amore," Kevin R. McClure's Media Coverage of Natural Disasters: Pentadic Cartography and the Case of the 1993 Great Flood of the Mississippi, Robin Patric Clair's Rhetorical Ingenuity in the New Global Realities: A Case of the Anti-Sweatshop Movement, Rebecca Walker's Flash Flooding: A Burkean Analysis of the Scene-Agent and Scene-Agency Ratio in the Flash Mob, Jim A. Kuypers and Ashley Gellert's The Story of King/Drew Hospital: Guilt and Deferred Purification, Tonja Mackey's Introducing Kenneth Burke to Facebook, Michael Feehan's A Note on the Writing of A Rhetoric of Motives, and Grace Veach's Divination and Mysticism as Rhetoric in the Choral Space.
The Kenneth Burke Society is pleased to announce that Paul Lynch and Nathaniel Rivers are the new co-editors of KB Journal. Ryan Weber is the new Review Editor. Lynch, Rivers, and Weber studied rhetoric (and Burke) at Purdue University. In 2005, Rivers and Weber shared the Emergent Scholar Award from the Kenneth Burke Society.
Paul Lynch is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Louis University. Lynch's interests include rhetorical history and theory, composition theory, and the relationship between rhetoric and ethics. He's particularly adept at "casuistic stretching." Lynch's most recent essay, "Composition's New Thing: Bruno Latour and the Apocalyptic Turn," appears in College English (Feb. 2012).
Nathaniel Rivers is also Assistant Professor of English at Saint Louis Universityinterests include public rhetorics, new media, technical communication, ecological rhetorics, and contingency in science. With Ryan Weber, he is the co-editor of Literature as Equipment for Living: The Literary Reviews of Kenneth Burke.
Ryan Weber is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His areas of specialization include the rhetorics of irony, service learning, Stephen Colbert, and business and technical writing. With Nathaniel Rivers, he is the co-editor of Literature as Equpment for Living: The Literary Reviews of Kenneth Burke.
KB Journal's mission is to explore what it means to be "Burkean." To this end, KB Journal publishes original scholarship that addresses, applies, extends, repurposes, or challenges the writings of Kenneth Burke, which include but are not limited to the major books and hundreds of articles by Burke, as well as the growing corpus of research material about Burke. It provides an outlet for integrating and critiquing the gamut of Burkean studies in communication, composition, English, gender, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and technical writing. In light of this, Kenneth Burke need not be sole focus of a submission, but Burke should be integral to the structure of the argument.