The Pursuit of Signs

The Pursuit of Signs : Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction

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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.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 137 x 216 x 16.51mm | 312g
  • Ithaca, United States
  • English
  • Enlarged
  • Augmented Edition, With a New Preface
  • 0801487935
  • 9780801487934
  • 2,424,835

About Jonathan Culler

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 and The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction, both from Cornell University Press, and Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction.
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