Structuralism vs Post-Structuralism and Intertextuality | LITERARY THEORY COURSE
As you learned in the previous video lesson, Julia Kristeva, a Bulgarian-born French semiotician and philosopher, had a crucial role in theorizing what intertextuality is.
It is important thought to note that her work was published during a transitional period in modern literary and cultural theory.
This transition is described in terms of moving from structuralism to post-structuralism.
Hi, this is Mihnea. Welcome to UpLife. In this video lesson we will briefly discuss the difference between structuralism and post-structuralism.
Structuralists analyzed texts of all kinds, from works of literature to aspects of everyday communication. These theorists based their analysis on semiology, which is the study of signs, a movement fathered by Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure.
Post-structuralists, on the other hand, believed in the unstable nature of language and meaning, insisting that all texts have multiple meanings.
The transition from structuralism to post-structuralism is characterized by the replacement of objectivity, scientific rigour, and methodological stability by an emphasis on uncertainity, indeterminancy, incommunicability, subjectivity, desire, pleasure, and play.
Structuralists believed that criticism is objective, while post-structuralists argued that criticism, like literature, is inherently unstable.
But, in “Structuralism and Poststructuralism for Beginners” by Donald D. Palmer, an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California, what the two theories had in common was the postmodern obsession with language and with the radical claim of the disappearance of the individual.
As a result, post-structuralism became an important factor in discussing and understanding intertextuality.
If you want to find out more about structuralism and post-structuralism, I recommend you have a look at Donald D. Palmer’s book “Structuralism and Poststructuralism for Beginners”. See the Amazon link in the description below.
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