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The Fate of Meaning: Charles Peirce, Structuralism, and Literature
This succinct and lucid study examines the thought of the philosopher Charles Peirce as it applies to literary theory and shows that his concept of the sign can give us a fresh understanding of literary art and criticism. John Sheriff analyzes the treatment of determinate meaning and contends that as long as we cling to a notion of language that begins with Saussure's ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by Princeton University Press
(first published January 1st 1989)
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This was an exceptionally difficult, though very illuminating and educating text for me as I do not have great exposures to literary theory. It was gifted to me by one of my teachers during our exchanges on the issues of interpretation, meaning and authorial intention with regards to scripture in particular. And so I ended up starting it last year with long gaps in between due to other academic indulgences. For a layman like me, this is a great introductory text for summarising Peirce's ...more