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Comm 200 LN 0407_handout-1 - 1. Order or hierarchy Language...

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Dramatism & Narrative Paradigm COMM 200 Dr. Gibbs 4/7/10
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Assumptions of Dramatism (Burke) Humans are symbol-using animals  Language is most important symbol Language and symbols form a critically  important system for humans Language shapes how we view the world Humans are choice makers (agency)
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Dramatism as New Rhetoric Burke’s “new” rhetoric supplements the  traditional approach “Old” rhetoric    persuasion “New” rhetoric    identification
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Identification and Substance All things have  substance Overlap of substance leads to  identification Rhetoric is needed to bridge  divisions Consubstantiation  = rhetorical appeals  to increase identification
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Cycle of Guilt and Redemption Guilt motivates us to symbolize 
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Unformatted text preview: 1. Order or hierarchy Language Feelings of guilt 2. The Negative 3. Victimage Mortification Scapegoating 4. Redemption Burkes Pentad Dramatistic Ratios Proportions of one pentad element relative to another element Method: 1. Identify all elements of pentad 2. Isolate two parts of the pentad and compare to each other to come up with a ratio (e.g., agent : act) 3. Analyze which element is dominant Narrative Paradigm (Fisher) Humans are storytelling animals Narrative logic is preferred to traditional logic People judge the credibility of speakers based on the coherence and fidelity of their stories Narrative Paradigm Assumptions Key Concepts...
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