Generic Transformation and Political Action: A Textual Interpretation of Edmund Burke's Letter to William Elliot, Esq.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Scopus citations


This essay examines the rhetorical process wherein publics are created for authorial insertion. As such, it is a case-study in the relationship between textual action and contextual contraints. The former principle is represented by the transformations of genre required by the author's intent, and the latter principle by the revolutionary context in which Burke's tract is inserted. The analysis suggests that this relationship is dramatized by the rhetorical form of the public letter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-63
Number of pages10
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1990


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

Cite this