Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare

Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare, edited by Scott L. Newstok (Parlor Press, 2007)

Times Higher Education

9 July 2009

Concentrating mainly on the tragedies, Burke demonstrates how they work as symbolic acts that force us to recognise and reconsider the motives of sacrifice, scapegoating and social hierarchy. For the sheer range of ideas, together with his capacity for audacious insight, he can be matched only by Coleridge. The introduction is one of the best short overviews of his thinking that I’ve read.