Gandhi and the comic frame: "Ad bellum purificandum"

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    Gandhi’s concept of civil disobedience is analyzed through an application of Kenneth Burke’s "comic frame." His leadership of the Indian civil rights movement is characterized by a ritual form emphasizing a recognition of both social and individual power, attempts at identification with the social order even while attacking it, and an emphasis on epiphany as a ritual goal. The "comic frame," it is argued, is a useful construct for interpreting and assessing certain rhetorical movements.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)446-455
    Number of pages10
    JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Nov 1986

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Communication
    • Language and Linguistics
    • Education


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