Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms : The Collected Works of Jane Blankenship

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Coming to Terms: The Collected Works of Jane Blankenship, is an edited collection from Jane Blankenship and Janette Kenner Muir which provides a deeper understanding of how an academic life is composed-how ideas begin as simple seeds, germinating into a fully blossomed life; how career pathways often start by chance, by being in the right place at the right time; and how one must take risks while moving toward the future. These lessons reveal a brilliant career of a woman deeply committed to the life of the mind and the fostering of future generations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 440 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 793.78g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 13 black & white halftones
  • 0739145681
  • 9780739145685

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"While a major motivation f or this volume is to honor Jane Blankenship's career, it is not simply an archive of past work. Readers will find a book alive with essays on terms and naming that are foundational, relevant, and useful. Additionally, the book spotlights Blankenship's enormous influence on the value of studying women in the context of contemporary politics. Her work ripples out among today's student and scholars." -- Janis L. Edwards, University of Alabama "Blankenship has almost single-handedly constructed the contemporary definition of style, fashioned its link to orality and written modes, and ultimately fashioned powerful insights into political communication and gender studies through her mode of thought. Muir has captured Blankenship's contributions from her early to later years. This is just an outstanding volume in every way. A must-read!" -- James Cheseboro, Ball State University "Coming to Terms chronicles an extraordinary academic life well-lived; a rich life replete with intellectual exploration, professional firsts, engaged mentoring, academic successes and-yes-even a few defeats. Jane Blankenship's voice resonates throughout these pages, as she reflects on her decades-long study of Kenneth Burke, shares her classroom lectures, offers glimpses into her role in a largely male-dominated profession, and sheds new light on her published work. Jane's students also give voice here to her profound influence on their careers; none more eloquently than her editor, Janette Kenner Muir. Part academic biography, part theoretical explication and part history lesson, this book reinforces the centrality of the spoken word and lays open the intricate, multi-faceted career of a remarkable teacher, scholar, and disciplinary leader." -- Mary Kahl, State University of New York at New Paltz
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About Jane Blankenship

Janette Kenner Muir is associate professor in New Century College at George Mason University, where she teaches interdisciplinary courses in political communication, civic engagement and media criticism. She is past editor of Communication Quarterly, and past president of the Eastern Communication Association. Currently, she is working with the Mason Center for Consciousness and Transformation in the area of mindfulness practices for deeper teaching and learning.
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Table of contents

Contents Foreword, by Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Editor's Note Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Coming to Terms 2. A Critic on Criticism 3. In the Presence of the Word (SCA Presidential Address) Section One: Some Beginnings 4. Energy and Form An Introduction by Barbara Sweeney The Energy of Form by Jane Blankenship, with Barbara Sweeney Toward a Developmental Model of Form: ABC's Treatment of the Reagan Inaugural and Iranian Hostage Release as Oxymoron by Jane Blankenship 5. The Nature of Language Burke and Coleridge Revisited by Don Paul Abbott Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Kenneth Burke by Jane Blankenship, with Don Abbott Magic and Mystery in the Works of Kenneth Burke 6. Developing Style A Sense of Style Influence of Mode, SubMode and Speaker, an excerpt Style as Epistemic Stance: Abraham Lincoln's Early Rhetorical Style 7. Metaphor and Naming The Search for the 1972 Democratic Nomination: A Metaphorical Perspective Naming and Name Calling as Acts of Definition: Political Campaigns and the 1988 Presidential Debates Section Two: Creating and Expanding Burkean Frameworks 8. Exploring Burkean Terms An Introduction and Reflections by Marie Rosenwasser Pivotal Terms in the Early Works of Kenneth Burke by Jane Blankenship, with Edward Murphy and Marie Rosenwasser 9. Burke and the Ecological Frame Introduction to "Kenneth Burke on Ecology" by Eric Metcalf Kenneth Burke on Ecology: A Synthesis 10.Pentadic Movements Working with Jane Blankenship: The Transformation of Student to Scholar by Marlene Fine The 1980 Republican Primary Debates: The Transformation of Actor to Scene by Jane Blankenship, with Marlene Fine and Les Davis The Transformation of Actor to Scene: Some Strategic Grounds of the Reagan Legacy By Jane Blankenship, with Janette Kenner Muir Section 3: Identifying Women in Electoral Politics 11. A General Overview The Sites and Sounds of Change: The Political Discourse of Women in Electoral Politics A 'Feminine Style' in Women's Political Discourse: An Exploratory Essay by Jane Blankenship, with Deborah Robson 12. Women Making a Difference The People will Save Themselves: Helen Gahagan Douglas' Jealousy for Democracy by Jane Blankenship, with Shelly James On Not Accepting "Apologies" 13. Transforming the Political Landscape An Introduction to Coming to Terms by Cindy White On Coming to Terms with Terms: The 1984 Ferraro Campaign Written with Cindy White Our Candidates/Ourselves Section 4: Composing an Academic Life 14. Inspiring Teachers by Karl R. Wallace: The Giver of Good Reasons The Song of the Open Road: Marie Hochmuth Nichols as Teacher 15. Moving Toward the Future Communications in the Year 2,000: As Usual Some Questions about Means and Ends Keeping the Faith: On Being a Teacher-Scholar in the 20th Century, Building an Academic Discipline On Imaging the Future: The Secular Search for 'Piety' Written with Janette Kenner Muir Afterword Select Bibliography About the Contributors Index
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