Structuralism vs Post-Structuralism and Intertextuality | LITERARY THEORY #3

Structuralism vs Post-Structuralism and Intertextuality | LITERARY THEORY #3


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. The basis of this Literary Theory series about intertextuality is based on my book, “The Matrix and the Alice Books.” Consider supporting our project by purchasing a copy. The Kindle edition is only 99 cents. Check out the Amazon link in the description below. To make sure you don’t miss the next episode,
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One thought on “Structuralism vs Post-Structuralism and Intertextuality | LITERARY THEORY #3”

  • Thank you so much for making and uploading this video! I am now struggling with my research which revolves around post-structuralism and intertextuality. You helped me enormously!

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