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6. Semiologist

6. Semiologist  

Jonathan Culler

in Barthes: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775369
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801593.003.0006
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‘Semiologist’ explains how in Mythologies Barthes discovered that various linguistic terms could give him a new perspective on cultural phenomena, and he enthusiastically embraced the ... More
6. What is a language?

6. What is a language?  

P. H. Matthews

in Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775321
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801487.003.0006
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‘What is a language?’ is a much-debated question among linguists. What may count as separate ‘languages’ for specialists in one part of the world may be more similar than ‘dialects’ of a ... More
5. Différance

5. Différance  

Simon Glendinning

in Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191775796
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803450.003.0005
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‘Différance’ shows that, for Derrida, the task of the subject once called ‘philosophy’ is no longer achieving superlative conceptual clarity by rendering what we mean perfectly transparent ... More
1. Creatures of difference

1. Creatures of difference  

Catherine Belsey

in Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775437
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801807.003.0001
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Dialogue is possible through language, but only if we use it appropriately, subscribing to the meanings already given in the language that always precedes our familiarity with it. ... More
2. Difference and culture

2. Difference and culture  

Catherine Belsey

in Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775437
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801807.003.0002
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Barthes's well-known text Mythologies, published in 1957, sets out to expose what was at stake in the representation of the everyday. Myth, Barthes explains, converts history into nature. ... More
3. Phylogenetic linguistics: establishing linguistic relationships

3. Phylogenetic linguistics: establishing linguistic relationships  

Stephen R. Anderson

in Languages: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778018
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10.1093/actrade/9780199590599.003.0003
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‘Phylogenetic linguistics: establishing linguistic relationships ’ considers the historical dimension of language identity, not only in terms of the relationship among languages, but also ... More
3. Is slang a language?

3. Is slang a language?  

Jonathon Green

in Slang: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
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9780191796418
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10.1093/actrade/9780198729532.003.0003
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‘Is slang a language?’ suggests that if a means of communication is a language, then slang is surely a part of the overarching English language as much as any other lexical subset such as ... More
5. Individual multilingualism: one mind, many languages

5. Individual multilingualism: one mind, many languages  

John C. Maher

in Multilingualism: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2017
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May 2017
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9780191792465
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10.1093/actrade/9780198724995.003.0005
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Learning another language is linked to expanded social relations, new possibilities for dialogue and cultural awareness, analytic orientation towards language, intellectual development and ... More
4. The turn to writing

4. The turn to writing  

Simon Glendinning

in Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803450.003.0004
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According to ‘The turn to writing’, Derrida sees the turn to language not as a methodological must for a satisfactory and rigorous philosophy, but rather a historical necessity within the ... More
4. Difference or truth?

4. Difference or truth?  

Catherine Belsey

in Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775437
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801807.003.0004
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There are many examples in literature of playing with gender or reality. Is the narrator a woman? Are they talking from beyond the grave or is death a metaphor? ‘Difference or truth?’ ... More
Slang: A Very Short Introduction

Slang: A Very Short Introduction  

Jonathon Green

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
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9780191796418
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10.1093/actrade/9780198729532.001.0001
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9780198729532
Slang, however one judges it, shows us at our most human. It is used widely and often, typically associated with the writers of noir fiction, teenagers, and rappers, but also found in the ... More
1. The rise of postmodernism

1. The rise of postmodernism  

Christopher Butler

in Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775550
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802392.003.0001
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9780192802392
‘The rise of postmodernism’ provides an introduction to postmodernism. The term ‘postmodernist’ draws attention to a mixture of historical period and ideological implications with Marxist ... More
Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

Derrida: A Very Short Introduction  

Simon Glendinning

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191775796
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803450.001.0001
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Derrida: A Very Short Introduction explores both the difficulty and significance of the work of Derrida. It explains the theory of deconstruction, presenting Derrida's ... More
5. Dissent

5. Dissent  

Catherine Belsey

in Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775437
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801807.003.0005
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A common misconception of poststructuralism is that it deprives us of the ability to choose or take action as agents in our own lives. ‘Dissent’ argues that this is an example of binary ... More
Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction

Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction  

Catherine Belsey

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Aug 2002
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801807.001.0001
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Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction traces the key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture. What is ... More
3. Difference and desire

3. Difference and desire  

Catherine Belsey

in Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775437
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801807.003.0003
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We do our best to become what language tells us we are: ‘he’ or ‘she’. ‘Difference and desire’ considers how ideas of identity and gender come from language and the effects of culture on ... More
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Jonathan Culler

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Jul 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778384
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10.1093/actrade/9780199691340.001.0001
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Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction addresses the questions: What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is ... More
4. Language, meaning, and interpretation

4. Language, meaning, and interpretation  

Jonathan Culler

in Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jul 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778384
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10.1093/actrade/9780199691340.003.0004
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Questions about the nature and the roles of language and how to analyse it have been central to theory. Some of the major issues can be focused through the problem of meaning and this is ... More
9. Ethics and aesthetics

9. Ethics and aesthetics  

Jonathan Culler

in Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jul 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778384
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10.1093/actrade/9780199691340.003.0009
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9780199691340
A major role of literature has traditionally been to offer a wide range of vicarious experiences and exercise the moral imagination. Recent debates in literary theory and ethics have ... More
4. Disciplines and debates

4. Disciplines and debates  

Ben Hutchinson

in Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191844911
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10.1093/actrade/9780198807278.003.0004
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9780198807278
Since the 1960s, comparative literature has splintered into a range of competing disciplines. In order to most accurately gauge its place within the Humanities today, ‘Disciplines and ... More

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