Rhetorical Landscapes in America

Rhetorical Landscapes in America

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At the same time a reading of Kenneth Burke and of tourist landscapes in America, Gregory Clark's new study explores the rhetorical power connected with American tourism. Looking specifically at a time when citizens of the United States first took to rail and then highway to become sightseers in their own country, Clark traces the rhetorical function of a wide-ranging set of tourist experiences. He explores how the symbolic experiences Americans share as tourists have helped residents of a vast and diverse nation adopt a national identity. In doing so he suggests that the rhetorical power of a national culture is wielded not only by public discourse but also by public experiences. Clark examines places in the American landscape that have facilitated such experiences, including New York City, Shaker villages, Yellowstone National Park, the Lincoln Highway, San Francisco's 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and the Grand Canyon. individuals into public citizens, and he evaluates a national culture that teaches Americans to experience certain places as potent symbols of national community. Invoking Burke's concept of identification to explain such rhetorical encounters, Clark considers Burke's lifelong study of symbols - linguistic and otherwise - and their place in the construction and transformation of individual identity. Clark turns to Burke's work to expand our awareness of the rhetorical resources that lead individuals within a community to adopt a collective identity, and he considers the implications of nineteenth and twentieth-century tourism for both visual rhetoric and the rhetoric of display.Variations on a Theme from Kenneth Burke Gregory Clark ... The cover of the next issue, March 3, announces the photographic essay aquot;Lost Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. ... Immediately inside those covers are Lifea#39;s short editorials a€” on rising crime in America, a CIA scandal, abortion conflicts, the need for a moreanbsp;...

Title:Rhetorical Landscapes in America
Author: Gregory Clark
Publisher:Univ of South Carolina Press - 2004-01

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