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Civic Jazz: American Music and Kenneth Burke on the Art of Getting Along

Gregory Clark


This book weaves three inquiries into an argument about how individuals can preserve and improve civic life in democratic cultures. The term “civic life” refers here to the interaction of citizens rather than to practices of government. The primary inquiry explores what democracy requires of individuals, proceeding through two other inquiries: one into jazz music as a model for democratic interaction, and the other into Kenneth Burke’s rhetorical conception of art as experiential and potentially transformative. Jazz is often described as democratic. Kenneth Burke’s quite American rhetorical an ... More

Keywords: Kenneth Burke, rhetoric, aesthetic, jazz, civics, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226218182
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226218359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Clark, author
Brigham Young University