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Romancing the Difference
Kenneth Burke, Bob Jones University, and the Rhetoric of Religious Fundamentalism
Romancing the Difference examines the rhetoric of fundamentalism as seen through the lens of Bob Jones University. Highlighting the romantic language used by religious separatists, Lewis argues that fundamentalism is not the angry cry of an outsider, nor is it the mocking of secular culture. Instead, it is an attempt to embody and articulate things that are lovely in order to woo others to an entirely different kind of life.
Table of Contents
1 Imagining Tragedy, Comedy, and Romance
2 Cenotaphs and Photographs
3 The Romantic Pied Piper
4 Homeopathy, Allopathy, and Sympathy
5 Unfit Fitness
6 Growing Grace or Killing Self
"Lewis offers a major contribution to the problem of insider-outsider discourses in contemporary public rhetoric. This book goes a long way toward opening new channels to a broader conception of inclusive communication."
--Jimmie Killingsworth, Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs, Texas A&M University
"Kenneth Burke warned critics not to summarily dismiss widely-disdained discourses, but to analyze them, investigate their workings, and attempt to understand them. Camille Lewis heeds this advice in considering the discourse of Bob Jones University in Romancing the Difference, deftly deploying Burke's critical arsenal, and adding a fecund conception of 'romance' to carve a middle way between Burke's tragic and comic frames. Scholars of Burke, of rhetoric, and of religious discourse have much to learn from this provocative work."
—Clarke Rountree, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Arts, University of Alabama in Huntsville
"[Romancing the Difference] is smart, direct, and brimming with lucid prose scholars should envy. Moreover, Lewis is a careful reader of Burke and she succeeds in her attempt to expand Burkean theory to account for discursive engagement that supplements his interpretative frames of comedy and tragedy with a third frame, that of romance."
Camille K. Lewis (Ph.D. Indiana) is Chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Public Address at Bob Jones University.
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Camille K. Lewis
Books in Series:
Studies in Rhetoric & Religion
After the Genome - A Language for Our Biotechnological Future
The Faithful Citizen - Popular Christian Media and Gendered Civic Identities
Martin Luther King and the Rhetoric of Freedom - The Exodus Narrative in America's Struggle for Civil Rights
Preaching Politics - The Religious Rhetoric of George Whitefield and the Founding of a New Nation
Preaching the Inward Light - Early Quaker Rhetoric
The Rhetoric of Sir Garfield Todd - Christian Imagination and the Dream of an African Democracy
The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo - De Doctrina Christiana and the Search for a Distinctly Christian Rhetoric
Rhetoric, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965
Rhetorical Darwinism - Religion, Evolution, and the Scientific Identity
Romancing the Difference - Kenneth Burke, Bob Jones University, and the Rhetoric of Religious Fundamentalism
Spiritual Literacy in John Wesley's Methodism - Reading, Writing, and Speaking to Believe
Stumping God - Reagan, Carter, and the Invention of a Political Faith
The Politics of Sacred Rhetoric - Absolutist Appeals and Political Persuasion
Words Well Spoken - George Kennedy's Rhetoric of the New Testament