The Message in the Bottle: How Queer Man Is, How Queer Language Is, and What One Has to Do with the Other

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Macmillan, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 352 pages
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In Message in the Bottle, Walker Percy offers insights on such varied yet interconnected subjects as symbolic reasoning, the origins of mankind, Helen Keller, Semioticism, and the incredible Delta Factor. Confronting difficult philosophical questions with a novelist's eye, Percy rewards us again and again with his keen insights into the way that language possesses all of us.

 

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User Review  - raschneid - LibraryThing

Didn't end up finishing this! Many of the essays were very enjoyable and weave together linguistics, existentialism, theology, anthropology, and literary criticism. The book as a whole is something of ... Read full review

THE MESSAGE IN THE BOTTLE: How Queer Man Is, How Queer Language Is, And What One Has To Do With The Other

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Walker Percy, the novelist, has written a deadly serious work of theoretical linguistics. So serious is he that he suggests The Moviegoer, The Last Gentleman and Love in the Ruins were written for ... Read full review

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Contents

THE DELTA FACTOR
3
THE LOSS OF THE CREATURE
46
METAPHOR AS MISTAKE
64
THE MAN ON THE TRAIN
83
NOTES FOR A NOVEL ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD
101
THE MESSAGE IN THE BOTTLE
119
THE MYSTERY OF LANGUAGE
150
TOWARD A TRIADIC THEORY OF MEANING
159
CULTURE THE ANTINOMY OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
215
SEMIOTIC AND A THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
243
SYMBOL CONSCIOUSNESS AND INTERSUBJECTIVITY
265
SYMBOL AS HERMENEUTIC IN EXISTENTIALISM
277
SYMBOL AS NEED
288
A THEORY OF LANGUAGE
298
BIBLIOGRAPHY
331
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THE SYMBOLIC STRUCTURE OF INTERPERSONAL PROCESS
189

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Walker Percy is the author of over ten books, many of which were bestsellers, and he is considered one of the greatest American writers of our time.

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