The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction

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The primary task of literary theory, Jonathan Culler asserts in the new edition of his classic in this field, is not to illuminate individual literary works but to explain the system of literary signification—the rules and conventions that determine a reader's understanding of a text and that make literary communication possible. In this wide-ranging book, he investigates the possibilities of a semiotics of literature. A new preface places The Pursuit of Signs in the context of major developments in the study of ...
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The primary task of literary theory, Jonathan Culler asserts in the new edition of his classic in this field, is not to illuminate individual literary works but to explain the system of literary signification—the rules and conventions that determine a reader's understanding of a text and that make literary communication possible. In this wide-ranging book, he investigates the possibilities of a semiotics of literature. A new preface places The Pursuit of Signs in the context of major developments in the study of literature since publication of the original Cornell edition in 1981.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801414176
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/1981
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

Preface to the Cornell Paperbacks Augmented Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Beyond Interpretation 3
2 In Pursuit of Signs 18
3 Semiotics as a Theory of Reading 47
4 Riffaterre and the Semiotics of Poetry 80
5 Presupposition and Intertextuality 100
6 Stanley Fish and the Righting of the Reader 119
7 Apostrophe 135
8 The Mirror Stage 155
9 Story and Discourse in the Analysis of Narrative 169
10 The Turns of Metaphor 188
11 Literary Theory in the Graduate Program 210
References 227
Index 239
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