Monday, March 7, 2016

Topics for the Burke Analysis

You are analyzing a historical transition of some kind, the way Burke does in Part II of his book. Your task is to find at least one text before the transition and one after and compare them using Burkean tools. More texts than that or texts from during the transition are fine, but those are extra and not required. Start with the text after the transition. Your analysis will show you some key ideas that will help you select a text from before.

As with before, comment (not a new post, Wilson!) here to select.

  1. Revolutionary Era distrust of direct democracy -- Andrew Jackson's "People's President" shift (You can't take this one! Changed my mind!)
  2. Keynesian economics (JFK) -- supply-side economics (Reagan)
  3. Mainline Christianity -- First Great Awakening
  4. Mainline Christianity -- tent revivialism
  5. "Know Nothing" Isolationism -- Marshall Plan
  6. Democratic Republicanism (Jefferson) -- Federalism (Hamilton) 
  7. French revolution -- Reign of Terror
  8. Monroe Doctrine noninterventionism in South America -- 20th century US interventionism
  9. Pre-Code comic books -- Post-Code comic books
  10. Pre-2008 GOP -- Tea Party
  11. JFK/LBJ pro-Vietnam Democrats -- McGovern
  12. Hand-drawn animation -- 3D animated features (Pixar, etc.)
  13. Penny and pinball arcades -- video game arcades
  14. black and white films -- color films
  15. 2-D video games -- FPS games (Wolfenstein 3-D)
  16. network TV -- cable TV
  17. toys pre-Star Wars -- toys post-Star Wars
  18. Missouri Compromise era -- Civil War
  19. ragtime -- jazz
  20. literary structuralist critique -- post-structuralism
  21. Democratic South -- legacy of Nixon's "Southern Strategy"
  22. German expressionistic film -- American horror of the 30s and/or film noir of the 40s

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