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Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K Le Guin

Warren Rochelle


This book, which explores the use of imaginative literature as persuasion, focusing on the science fiction of Ursula Le Guin and her rhetorical use of myth, concludes that Le Guin (like Emerson, Peirce, Thoreau, Whitman, and Dewey) is a romantic/pragmatic rhetorician. In that sense, she is arguing for what Vico argued for in the eighteenth century: that knowledge should be seen and studied as an integrated whole, and that Cartesian thinking is only part of how humans make meaning.

Keywords: imaginative literature, persuasion, science fiction, Ursula Le Guin, myth, Emerson, Peirce, Thoreau, Whitman, Dewey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780853238768
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853238768.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Warren Rochelle, author