November 19, 2012
Burke and Keller
In her article Mr. Burke, Meet Helen Keller, Ann George discusses both rhetorician Kenneth Burke and Helen Keller, "not the 'miracle girl' of cultural mythology... [but the] feminist, early advocate of birth control, and lifelong socialist who supported left-wing political candidates, marched in socialist parades, and cheered on strikers" (George 340). I found one of the most interesting aspects of George's essay to be her critique on Burke and Keller's cultural influences. George claims "Burke's and Keller's rhetorical theorizing was bound up with their cultural criticism and their desire to encourage radical social and political change" (George 341). Essentially, George is commenting on how their cultures and surrounding influence and played a major role in their rhetorical criticisms. In a lot of ways George's statements on how cultural surroundings effect rhetorical theorists is pretty obvious since most people are inspired by just that but they way George comments on it is very unique. It is clear that these rhetoricians lives greatly impacted their life works.