ENG 400 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Reverse Perspective, Fallacy, Narratology

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27 Sep 2016
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Intellectual movement originated in france in the 50s: wider spread throughout 70s and 80s. Similar to semiotics and semiology: study of culture apart from language and literature. In linguistics; looking at basic language structures: words, syntactical structure (order of words in a sentence, structures of meaning (conceptual structures), how society"s make or attach meaning to words. Focuses on all the structures imposed by our way of seeing the world and organizing our experience: collective, social structures of meaning. Things can"t be understood in isolation: has to be seen in context of the larger structures of meaning it is a part of. Meaning comes from outside of the thing ; is imposed by the human mind: we make something meaningful. Knowing codes within atwood"s other work helps to make and assign meaning to this poem. The culture of when it was written is evident, assigns cultural meaning.

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