[KB] Burke and Bakhtin: as long as the pipeline is open

Greig Henderson ghenders at chass.utoronto.ca
Mon Oct 16 17:01:06 EDT 2017


Hi Everyone,

 

Attached is something that has been in my files for years.  I’m not sure why I never did anything with it.

 

Cheers,

Greig

 

From: KB [mailto:kb-bounces at kbjournal.org] On Behalf Of Clarke Rountree
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2017 4:11 PM
To: David Blakesley
Cc: Jack Selzer; kb at kbjournal.org
Subject: Re: [KB] as long as the pipeline is open

 

I noticed that Don also authored the entry on Bakhtin in the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition. Good to know others are exploring these relationships. 

 

Clarke

 

On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 2:58 PM, David Blakesley <david.blakesley at gmail.com> wrote:

And how fortunate we are here at Clemson that Don will be paying a visit to my Bakhtin/Burke seminar next week! 

 

There are many points of overlap between Burke and Bakhtin, even though each is writing from a dramatically different context. Here's just one teaser, a passage from Bakhtin's essay "Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity," that one my students pointed out (Whitney Jordan Adams) and that reminded me of KB's concepts of identification/division and constubstantiality:

 

This other human being whom I am contemplating, I shall always see and know something that he, from his place outside and over against me, cannot see himself: parts of his body that are inaccessible to his own gaze (his head, his face and its expression), the world behind his back…are accessible to me but not to him. As we gaze at each other, two different worlds are reflected in the pupils of our eyes…to annihilate this difference completely, it would be necessary to merge into one, to become one and the same person.

 

This ever-present excess of my seeing, knowing and possessing in relation to any other human being, is founded in the uniqueness and irreplaceability of my place in the world (Art and Answerability, 23).

 

What's interesting is that Bakhtin's perspectives on concepts like heteroglossia, dialogism, polyphony, and laughter help add texture to key Burkeian ideas like terministic screens, competitive-cooperation, the comic frame, identification, and more.

 

We'll report back after Don's visit!

 

Dave

 

 

 

On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 1:52 PM, Kris Rutten <Kris.Rutten at ugent.be> wrote:

Dear colleagues,

There is a paper by Don Bialostosky on Burke and Bakhtin in one of the special issues of KB Journal that came out of the Burke conference in Ghent: http://www.kbjournal.org/summer2015

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Kris

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> Op 16 okt. 2017, om 19:41 heeft Jack Selzer <jls25 at psu.edu> het volgende geschreven:
>
> Don Bialostosky at Pitt has been all over the Burke/Bakhtin correspondences. I don't have a citation handy, but if you write to Don, he'll get back to you.
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> Jack
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> Jack Selzer
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> From: "Stan Lindsay" <slindsa at yahoo.com>
> To: "Clarke Rountree" <rountrj at uah.edu>, kb at kbjournal.org
> Sent: Monday, October 16, 2017 1:35:14 PM
> Subject: Re: [KB] as long as the pipeline is open
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> I have no matches for Bakhtin in my concordance.
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> Dr. Stan A. Lindsay, Ph.D.
> Teaching Professor
> Professional Communication
> College of Applied Studies
> Florida State University
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> From: Clarke Rountree <rountrj at uah.edu>
> To: "kb at kbjournal.org" <kb at kbjournal.org>
> Sent: Monday, October 16, 2017 12:54 PM
> Subject: [KB] as long as the pipeline is open
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> While I have your ears with my prior anecdotal missive:
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> I'm lecturing on Bakhtin in rhetorical theory today and I was struck by how many of his ideas appear consonant with Burke's. I don't recall him ever citing Bakhtin (maybe there weren't translations early enough). Has anyone compared the two?
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