The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction

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Cornell University Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 242 pages

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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Contents

In Pursuit of Signs
18
Semiotics as a Theory of Reading
47
Riffaterre and the Semiotics of Poetry
80
Presupposition and Intertextuality
100
Stanley Fish and the Righting of the Reader
119
Apostrophe
135
The Mirror Stage
155
Story and Discourse in the Analysis of Narrative
169
References
227
Index
239
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About the author (2002)

Jonathan Culler is Class of 1916 Professor of English at Cornell University. He is the author of many books, including On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism after Structuralism, also from Cornell.

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