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УДК / UDK: 82(091)

Author: Clarke Rountree
About the author:

Clarke Rountree (PhD, Professor Emeritus of Communication Arts, University of Alabama in Huntsville, United States of America)

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The Kenneth Burke Society was founded during Burke’s lifetime by scholars in communication, literature, sociology, and other fields to promote the study and application of Burke’s copious works and fertile ideas. Burke had become the leading writer on rhetorical theory in the twentieth century, as well as a notable literary critic, fiction writer, poet, and translator. His century of scholarly publication—including posthumous works twenty-five years after his death in 1993—have provided plenty for members of the Society to analyze, debate, and elaborate upon. The Society has sponsored triennial conferences in the United States since 1990, featuring notable keynote speakers, seminars in various topics led by Burke scholars, and social events, including music performances by Burke’s talented family. The Society also has supported an online journal, a number of edited books drawn from its conferences, a listserv, and a newsletter (now discontinued). It is affiliated with a half-dozen other scholarly organizations. Most members of the Society are in the United States and Canada, where the study of rhetoric has grown in importance particularly during the latter part of the twentieth century (with Burke’s help) and up until the present. Recently, interest in rhetoric and in Burke has returned to Europe, which developed rhetorical theory and made it a central art in public education for more than 2000 years. The first “Burke” conference in Europe was held in 2013. The Kenneth Burke Society has made outreach to Europe a central goal in its future development.

Keywords: Kenneth Burke, Kenneth Burke Society, rhetoric.

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National Rhetorics in the Syrian Immigration Crisis: Victims, Frauds and Floods. Rhetoric and Public Affairs Series. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2019.

Rountree, Clarke. “Burke by the Numbers: Observations on Nine Decades of Scholarship on Burke.” KB Journal 3:2 (Spring 2007). Online at

Rountree, Clarke. “Revisiting the Controversy  over  Dramatism  as  Literal.”  KB Journal 6:2 (Spring 2010). Online at revisiting-controversy-over-dramatism-literal.

Rountree, Clarke; Huglen, Mark. “Editors’ Essay: Toward the Next Phase.” KB Journal 1:1 (Fall 2004). Online at

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