The Poverty of Structuralism

The Poverty of Structuralism

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The Poverty of Structuralism is the first in a sequence of volumes which examine in turn the basic ideas of Saussure, Marx and Freud, and analyse the way in which they have been developed and applied to art, culture and modern textual theory. The text offers a critical introduction to the structuralist foundations of modern literary theory. It gives an account of the way such foundations have been developed, twisted and distorted to become part of the language that contemporary literary and cultural theoreticians use. It also addresses some of the fundamental issues about language and society that are presupposed by the often difficult language of modern literary and cultural theory.But in many essays a€” including most of the more entertaining ones a€” this is not the case. Take his account of a#39;Writers on Holidaya#39;, where the writer, presented by the newspapers as a#39;working on holidaya#39; is a#39;a false worker, and a false holidaymaker as wella#39;. ... Barthes has a serious political point to make; in the close of the essay, he speaks of the young juan of Spain, sent to the rescue of Spanish Fascism.

Title:The Poverty of Structuralism
Author:Leonard Jackson
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-09-11


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