Being bodies that learn language
thereby becoming wordlings
humans are
the symbol-making, symbol-using, symbol-misusing animal
inventor of the negative
separated from our natural condition
by instruments of our own making
goaded by the spirit of hierarchy
acquiring foreknowledge of death
and rotten with perfection (qtd. in Coe 332-333 from:

Burke, Kenneth. "Definition of Man" Language as Symbolic Action. Berkeley: U of California P, 1966. 3-24. )

See also Burke, Kenneth. "Introduction: The Five Key Terms of Dramatism." A Grammar of Motives. Berkeley: U of California P, 1969. xv-xxiii.

---. "Terministic Screens" Language as Symbolic Action. Berkeley: U of California P, 1966. 44-62.

Coe, Richard M. "Defining Rhetoric--and Us: A Meditation on Burke's Definitions" Composition Theory for the Postmodern Classroom. Ed. Gary A. Olson and Sidney I. Dobrin. Albany: SUNY P, 1994. 332-44.


Arachne's HANDS--becoming your means of production...CYBORG.

Toolbars, Marshall McLuhan, Extensions of Man...Interactivity...Prosthese...etc....

SEE: Notes on Kenneth Burke’s “The Nature of Art under Capitalism” (1933) Kenneth Burke, “The Nature of Art under Capitalism,” The Philosophy of Literary Form, 3rd revised ed. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973), 314-22.

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