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By Terence Hawkes

ISBN-10: 0415321522

ISBN-13: 9780415321525

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ISBN-13: 9780415321532

Released in 1977 because the first quantity within the New Accents sequence, Structuralism and Semiotics made an important debates in serious conception available to these without previous wisdom of the sector. considering then a iteration of readers have used the ebook as an access not just into structuralism and semiotics, yet into the big variety of cultural and significant theories underpinned by means of those approaches.This publication continues to be the clearest advent to a couple of an important themes in smooth severe idea. a brand new afterword and clean feedback for extra interpreting entire this re-creation.

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A good example is the opposition between ‘edible’ and ‘inedible’ which all cultures maintain. Obviously the nature of the items placed under either of these two headings will crucially determine the way of life involved, since what is at stake is assent to the same ‘ordering’ of almost the entire natural world. ‘Analogical thought’ will move a culture to distinguish a ‘foreign’ culture from itself on this basis, so that the opposition ‘edible–inedible’ will become analogically related to the opposition ‘native–foreign’.

With myth, everything becomes possible. But on the other hand, this apparent arbitrariness is belied by the astounding similarity between myths collected in widely different regions . . If the content of a myth is contingent, how are we going to explain the fact that myths throughout the world are so similar? (SA, p. 208) We can begin with the fundamental proposition mentioned above, that myth has obvious connections with language itself: ‘to be known, myth has to be told: it is a part of human speech’ (SA, p.

Art, they argued, was autonomous: a permanent, self-determining, continuous human activity which warranted nothing less than examination in and on its own terms. In the words of Shklovsky, ‘Art was always free of life and its colour never reflected the colour of the flag which waved over the fortress of the city’ (Erlich, p. 77). And if art, and specifically literature, was of this nature, then literary scholarship and criticism should be seen as a distinct and unified intellectual activity, with its proper area of operations clearly and unequivocally defined.

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