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The Semiotics of Exile in Literature - Hong Zeng

The Semiotics of Exile in Literature

By: Hong Zeng

Hardcover Published: 18th October 2010
ISBN: 9780230104471
Number Of Pages: 179

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Furthering the scholarship on writers and artists as diverse as Lord Byron, Edvard Munch, Sylvia Plath, and Jorge Luis Borges, Zeng probes the semiotics of exile. In artistic traditions the world over, exile exerts a potent and complex mythmaking power - whether it is manifest as a geographical dislocation or as a sense of cultural or psychological alienation.

"This rich and wide-ranging book grows from a single idea of extraordinary analytic power - that literary work has its origin in a perception of separation from the feelings, places, and experiences that make up the identity of the author - a state to which, either figuratively or literally, the term 'exile' may be applied. Zeng shows how pervasive this perception is in literature, and how an awareness of this motif may serve to show the underlying connectedness of works across a huge spectrum of times and cultures." - Eric Henry, Senior Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Asian Studies Department

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Semiotics of Exile in Photographyp. 7
Poetics of Exilep. 33
Semiotics of Exile in Tragedyp. 91
E'criture Feminine and the Semiotics of Exilep. 115
Cosmic Exile and the Fourth Dimension in Escher, Borges, and Proustp. 129
Artist in Exile: Divinely and Demoniacally Possessedp. 141
Notesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 171
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780230104471
ISBN-10: 0230104479
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 179
Published: 18th October 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1