Dramatism and The Rhetorical Kenneth Burke


Definition of Humanity


Kenneth Burke Roadmap

In dramatism, Burke laid out the five major components of drama: act (what was done), agent (who did it), scene (where it was done), agency (how the agent did it, techniques), and purpose (why the act happened).

Web Resources

Kenneth Burke Society

Lyons, Richard D. "Kenneth Burke, Philosopher, 96, And New Criticism Founder, Dies." Obituary. New York Times, 21 November 1993, Section 1 p. 48. New York Times Archives


Dramatism and Burkean Criticism
Identification Theory
Bibliographies from the Kenneth Burke Society

Key Rhetorical Works by Kenneth Burke

Burke, Kenneth. “The Rhetoric of Hitler’s Battle.” The Philosophy of Literary Form. 3rd ed. Berkeley: U of California P, 1973. 191–220. First published in The Southern Review, ca. 1938.

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