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Structuralism or Criticism? : Thoughts on how we Read - Geoffrey Strickland

Structuralism or Criticism?

Thoughts on how we Read

Paperback Published: 28th November 1983
ISBN: 9780521276573
Number Of Pages: 220

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Geoffrey Strickland's book considers some of the principal Structuralist theories of the sixties and seventies, which derive from the 'semiology' or 'science of signs' postulated by the Swiss linguistician Saussure at the beginning of the twentieth century. The book falls into three parts. In the first, Strickland argues that, in one essential, the structuralist enterprise was misconceived. The second and most substantial part of the book is a defence of certain fundamental presuppositions in the act of reading. There is a discussion of the nature and accessibility of authorial intention, of the necessary fallibility in our understanding of what we read, of the objective aspect of evaluation and of the sense in which the student of literature is also a student of history. In the final section, the author summarises the arguments of the book with a detailed comparison of the writings of Roland Barthes and F. R. Levis. Strickland has produced a lively and provocative contribution to literary debates on structuralism, which ranges widely over both French and English criticism and literary theory.

Preface to the paperback edition
A note on the quotations
Introduction. Reading as distinct from talking or writing about books
Benveniste and semiology: or where structuralism doesn't work
Thoughts on how we read
The Utopianism of Roland Barthes
The criticism of F. R. Levis
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ISBN: 9780521276573
ISBN-10: 0521276578
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 28th November 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.29