TheLitCritLibrary Part Two: Semiotics and Structuralism


Semiotics: Semiotics and structuralism, whilst two separate and distinct fields have a close relationship. These books are designed to help the reader engage with “the science of signs” as both a specific moment in the development of critical discourse and an invaluable tool for close textual analysis.

Roland Barthes, Mythologies (London, Vintage Classics, 2009)

Kofi Agawu, Playing With Signs: A Semiotic Interpretation of Classical Music, (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2014)

S/Z trans. Richard Miller (Oxford, Blackwell, 1990)

Elaine Aston, Theatre as Sign System: A Semiotics of Text and Performance, (London, Routledge, 1991)

Mikhail Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, (Texas, University of Texas Press, 1982)

Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics (Theory & History of Literature) trans. Carol Emerson, (Minnesota, University of Minnesota Press, 1984)

Marie-Carolina Cambre, The Semiotics of Che Guevera, (London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016)

Daniel Chandler, Semiotics, The Basics, (London, Routledge, 2007)

Jonathan Culler, The Pursuit of Signs, (London, Routledge, 2001)

Structuralist Poetics; Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature (London, Routledge, 2002)

Umberto Eco, A Theory of Semiotics, (London, John Wiley, 1978)

The Role of The Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts (Indiana, IUP, 1979)

Sean Hall, This Means That: A User’s Guide To Semiotics, (London, Laurence King, 2012)

Rosemary Huisman, The Written Poem: Semiotic Conventions from Old to Middle English, (London, Continuum, 1998)

Terrence Hawkes, Structuralism and Semiotics, (London, Routledge, 2003)

Roman Jakobson, Language and Literature, (Harvard, HUP, 1990)

Frederic Jameson, The Prison House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism, (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1975)

Julia Kristeva, Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art, (London, Columbia University Press, 1980)

Viktor Shklovsky, Theory of Prose, (London, Dalkey Archive Press, 1993)

Claude Lévi-Strauss, Myth and Meaning, (London, Routledge, 2003)

Ferdinand de Saussure, Course in General Linguistics, (London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)

Vladimir Propp, Morphology of the Folk Tale, trans. Lawrence Scott (Austin, University of Texas Press, 1958)

Lia Yoka and Gregory Paschalidis, Semiotics and Hermenutics of the Everyday, (Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015)


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