Romancing the Difference: Kenneth Burke, Bob Jones by Camille K. Lewis

By Camille K. Lewis

Romancing the adaptation examines the rhetoric of fundamentalism as obvious throughout the lens of Bob Jones college. Highlighting the romantic language utilized by spiritual separatists, Lewis argues that fundamentalism isn't the offended cry of an intruder, neither is it the mocking of secular tradition. in its place, it really is an try and include and articulate issues which are gorgeous on the way to woo others to a wholly diverse form of lifestyles.

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Art is naturally antinomian,” he contends. ”6 Art, then, is essentially polyvocal and dissonant with that multiplicity dismantling any presumed piety. As an arousing and antinomian medium, art, then, is ripe with rhetorical possibilities. 7 Burke frames the aesthetic as audiencecentered, continually “new,” and always “true” based on its practicality. That is, art goes beyond mere “expression” or entertainment to 42 ROMANCING THE DIFFERENCE craft a bond between the artist and the audience “with both parties actively participating.

The mural also features the circuit-riding preacher, alone with his horse, crossing a stream in his travels. , animatedly stirring his listeners. Behind the mural, a short description of each evangelist’s life informs the visitor of his “stand” against compromise and collusion. Each honorable life, then, is additional proof within the romantic’s syllogism. While never stating the other elements of the argument, these devout figures stand together as fundamentalists see themselves standing today.

A key influence on the choices made for the Rotunda mural was David Beale, a university church historian and author of Pursuit of Purity. For the sake of “accuracy” and “truth,” Beale, then, writes this history by crafting the fundamentalist genealogy not from the early twentieth century, but from deeper in the Anglo-Protestant consciousness. ” Within Beale’s metaphor of a “lengthened shadow,” his cenotaphs and photographs 29 romantic view of the past is clear. With antebellum protofundamentalists, the “lengthened shadow” of Hebrew patriarchs and Western Protestant Reformers, the latter must stand alongside the former.

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