[KB] The Trumpster's Burlesque, etc.

Phillip Tompkins tompkinp at Colorado.EDU
Sat Oct 29 19:01:09 EDT 2016


Consistent with these ideas of burlesque is Trump's tasteless imitation of a
journalist with palsy.  There is a campaign television ad being shown in
Colorado in which a man with palsy in a wheel chair watches the video and
expresses his sense of violation by Trump.
Phil

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Subject: Re: [KB] The Trumpster's Burlesque, etc.

Ed, I don't know anything about the next KBS conference.

You're right, I'm sure there is good stuff out there but coming from English
I always had to give speech scholarship lower priority and now in retirement
I read mainly philosophy. But I do usually try to catch up on some things I
missed in the weeks before a KBS conference.

Another thought occurred to me about Trump and burlesque. One of the things
Burke stresses about burlesque is that it helps to put painful things at a
distance. Burlesque protects by not imagining people "with too great
intimacy. For to picture them intimately, he must be one with them" (ATH
53). Possibly there is a Trump variant derived from his personality
disorder: because of his lack of empathy he can't "be one" with anyone. He
instinctively burlesques everyone by carrying himself in a way that puts
them at a lower level, distant from his heights, doing it easily because he
is never in the shoes of the other, imaging how it feels. Such things as
derogatory nicknames for his rivals come naturally.

Just a thought--

Bob

Quoting Edward C Appel <edwardcappel at frontier.com>:

> Bob,
> Yes, I'm willing to participate in a panel at KB on Trump's rhetoric, 
> or on the rhetoric, in general, of this painful political season.  I 
> imagine every convention or conference in the communication field, at 
> least, will feature such panels over the next year or two.
> As for whether my scheme fits into Burke's "poetic categories": Note 
> my citations in the attachment. There've been even more studies on the 
> burlesque frame in communication since 2003.
> And outside of academic journals, lots of articles on Trump's rhetoric 
> have appeared, from David Denby's eloquent put-down in The New 
> Yorker,"The Plot Against America: Donald Trump's Rhetoric," to 
> eulogistic studies, like, "Donald Trump May Sound Like a Clown, But He 
> Is a Rhetorical Pro Like Cicero," by Gene J. Puskar on 
> ThinkProgress.org, and "The Rhetorical Brilliance of Trump the 
> Demagogue," by Jennifer Mercieca on a website named Conversation.com. 
> Mercieca is a communication scholar at Texas A&M, but the website is 
> not a journal. Another positive take on Trump's rhetorical skills is, 
> "What Hillary Clinton Can Learn from Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump," 
> by Marshall Ganz and Hahrie (sp?} Han in The Nation. I already 
> mentioned Fershtman's article. There are, of course, others.
> By the way, do we know yet where the next Burke Conference will be 
> held? Last I heard, it might be in PA.
> Thanks again, Bob, for reading and responding.
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>  On Thursday, October 27, 2016 3:10 PM, Edward C Appel 
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>  Bob,
> I'll think about the "paper" business. I have two other studies ready 
> to go for the next KB. Can't present three.
> Then, again, on my likely appearance at the coming conference, I have 
> to intone, at my stage in life :Lord willing---if I am permitted such 
> an obscurantist reference on an academic listserve!
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>     On Thursday, October 27, 2016 2:03 PM, "wessr at oregonstate.edu"  
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>  Ed, thanks for your attachment.
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> You might consider turning it into a paper for the next KBS conference 
> to see if Trump provides material to flesh out your "in-between genre"
> enough to give it a place in Burke's "poetic categories." In this 
> attachment, Trump seems simultaneously to be object and agent of 
> Burkean burlesque--a target of your burlesque and himself an agent who 
> burlesques the world.
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> Bob
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> Quoting Edward C Appel <edwardcappel at frontier.com>:
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