The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction

The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction

by Jonathan Culler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801487935

ISBN-13: 9780801487934

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Cornell University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487934
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
Augmented Edition, With a New Preface
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Cornell Paperbacks Augmented Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Beyond Interpretation3
2In Pursuit of Signs18
3Semiotics as a Theory of Reading47
4Riffaterre and the Semiotics of Poetry80
5Presupposition and Intertextuality100
6Stanley Fish and the Righting of the Reader119
7Apostrophe135
8The Mirror Stage155
9Story and Discourse in the Analysis of Narrative169
10The Turns of Metaphor188
11Literary Theory in the Graduate Program210
References227
Index239

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