Gandhi and the comic frame

"Ad bellum purificandum"

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Abstract

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
Volume72
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986

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religious behavior
civil disobedience
civil rights movement
social order
leadership
Mahatma Gandhi
Rhetoric
Social Order
Civil Disobedience
Epiphany
Civil Rights Movement

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Gandhi and the comic frame : "Ad bellum purificandum". / Carlson, Adina.

In: Quarterly Journal of Speech, Vol. 72, No. 4, 1986, p. 446-455.

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