Communities of the Heart

BookCommunities of the Heart

Communities of the Heart

The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K Le Guin

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies, 25


November 1st, 2000



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This book explores the use of imaginative literature as persuasion, focusing on the science fiction of Ursula Le Guin and her rhetorical use of myth. The author 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.

In this revised doctoral dissertation, the creative writer Rochelle brings an expertise in storytelling to theoretical discussions.

Science Fiction Studies, Volume 36