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Structuralist Poetics. FULL ACCESS ByJonathan Culler. Edition 1st Edition and download this title. DownloadPDF MB Read online. Share to: Structuralist poetics: structuralism, linguistics, and the study of literature / Jonathan Culler. View the summary of this work. Bookmark. Structuralist Poetics. Structuralism, Linguistics and the Stu ture. By JONATHAN CULLER. Pp. xiv+ London: Routled. Paul, I Cloth, o net; paper.
New Accents deliberately took sides.
But the volumes now re-presented have more than a mere historical interest. As their authors indicate, the issues they raised are still potent, the arguments with which they engaged are still disturbing.
Culler Jonathan. Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature
In short, we were not wrong. Academic study did change rapidly and radically to match, even to help to generate, wide-reaching social changes. A new set of discourses was developed to negotiate those upheavals. Nor has the process ceased. In our deliquescent world, what was unthinkable inside and outside the academy all those years ago now seems regularly to come to pass.
Whether the New Accents volumes provided adequate warning of, maps for, guides to, or nudges in the direction of this new terrain is scarcely for me to say. Perhaps our best achievement lay in cultivating the sense that it was there. Jump gave the idea of this book a good deal of encouragement at an early stage, for which I remain most grateful. I only wish its realization were more worthy of him. I must thank Professor Victor Erlich of Yale University for generously making his specialized knowledge freely available to me, even as we swam in Cape Cod Bay.
The errors that remain are, needless to say, all my own work. Any book whose mode is largely one of exposition and synthesis cannot fail to incur a wide-ranging obligation to other books. The present case is certainly no exception, and I have tried to ensure that the extent of that obligation is recognized for the most part in the pages that follow. However, I must also acknowledge a particular debt to three writers whose accounts of Structuralism have contributed decisively to the form and content of my own: Jonathan Culler, Fredric Jameson, Robert Scholes.
I can only urge every reader of this book to become forthwith a reader of theirs. I would also like to express my gratitude to the Trustees of the Leverhulme Foundation for their generous award of a research grant which proved especially helpful.
My greatest debt of gratitude remains what it has always been: to my wife. But whatever the attractions of such anglo-saxon prejudices, they do not, on inspection, turn out to be particularly well-founded. It was a momentous occasion, although it passed virtually unnoticed at the time.
For example, The civil institutions in use under such kingdoms are narrated for us by poetic history in the numerous fables that deal with contests of song. Thus the satyr Marsyas. The sailors, travellers, and wanderers of these fables are the aliens, that is, the plebeians who, contending with the heroes for a share in the auspices, are vanquished in the attempt and cruelly punished.
This establishes the principle of verum factum: that which man recognizes as true verum and that which he has himself made factum are one and the same. Humanity 3 4 structuralism and semiotics is not a presupposition, but a consequence, an effect, a product of institution building. Bergin and Fisch, Introduction, op.
This making process involves the continual creation of recognizable and repeated forms which we can now term a process of structuring. The nature of institutions is nothing but their coming into being at certain times and in certain guises. Whenever the time and guise are thus and so, such and not otherwise are the institutions that come into being Like the Marxists, he seems to say that particular forms of humanity are determined by particular social relations and systems of human institutions.
The gift of sapienza poetica could thus be said to be the gift of structuralism. It is a principle which informs the way all human beings always live. To be human, it claims, is to be a structuralist. Yet that key concept can be uncomfortably elusive, and we ought now to try to move rather closer to it. The arrangement of entities will be complete in itself and not something that is simply a composite formed of otherwise independent elements.
Its constituent parts will conform to a set of intrinsic laws which determine its nature and theirs. These laws confer on the constituent parts within the structure overall properties larger than those each individually possesses outside it.
The laws which govern it act so as to make it not only structured, but structuring. Thus, in order to avoid reduction to the level merely of passive form, the structure must be capable of transformational procedures, whereby new material is constantly processed by and through it. So language, a basic human structure, is capable of transforming various fundamental sentences into the widest variety of new utterances while retaining these within its own particular structure. Finally, the structure is self-regulating in the sense that it makes no appeals beyond itself in order to validate its transformational procedures.
A wholly objective perception of individual entities is therefore not possible: any introduction observer is bound to create something of what he observes. Accordingly, the relationship between observer and observed achieves a kind of primacy. It becomes the only thing that can be observed.
Moreover the principle involved must invest the whole of reality. In consequence, the true nature of things may be said to lie not in things themselves, but in the relationships which we construct, and then perceive, between them.
As we do so, we might remind ourselves that, of all the arts, that involving the use of words remains most closely related to that aspect of his nature which makes man distinctive: language. The Cours presents the argument that language should be studied, linguistics and anthropology not only in terms of its individual parts, and not only diachronically, but also in terms of the relationship between those parts, and synchronically: that is, in terms of its current adequacy.
Saussure begins with a consideration of the whole phenomenon of language in terms of two fundamental dimensions which it exhibits: that of langue and that of parole.
The dialectical distinction he draws between these two has proved of fundamental importance to the development of linguistics in general and of structuralism in particular. The rules of chess can be said to exist above and beyond each individual game, and yet they only ever acquire concrete form in the relationships that develop between the pieces in individual games.
So with language. Man can be described as the animal who characteristically devises 1 Jameson, op. And what that faculty or power to construct signs generates in respect of language may be thought of as the larger structure which, though we never see or hear it in actual physical terms, can be deduced from its momentary manifestation in actual human utterances.
Parole, it follows, is the small part of the iceberg that appears above the water. Langue is the larger mass that supports it, and is implied by it, both in speaker and hearer, but which never itself appears.
Not surprisingly, where individual performance, or parole seems heterogeneous, without pattern, without systematic coherence, its preceding competence, or langue seems homogeneous. It exhibits, in short, a discernible structure. We can begin with the sounds made by the human voice. Fries, Linguistics and Reading, p. What we encounter here is a fundamental structuring principle.
And then there is that which also actually occurs, but which since the structure of the language does take account of it, is recognized. The arrangement which makes them so could be called both arbitrary and systematic. Such a system, encountered even at this primary level, can properly be termed structural. It is perceived as a synchronic phenomenon.
And since it occurs at the very moment when language emerges as speech, the phonemic principle which animates it can be said to be a if not the fundamental structural concept. In fact, the principle is common to all languages. It is an operation which creates structures. But Saussure goes further.
The structural relationship between the concept of a tree i. The overall characteristic of this relationship is one that we have already encountered: it is arbitrary. The sign is simply there. It follows that language acts as a great conservative force in human apprehension of the world.
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It is self-regulating. In the end, it constitutes its own reality. It has been pointed out that the mode of language is fundamentally one of sequential movement through time. But each word will also have relationships with other words in the language that do not occur at this point in time, but are capable of doing so. And since this self-regarding, self-regulating form constitutes our characteristic means of encountering and of coping with the world beyond ourselves, then perhaps we can say that it constitutes the characteristic human structure.
As a branch of rhetoric in broad sense, poetics studies activities of literary language. Drawing lessons from methods of structuralism, Culler created structuralist poetics, which didn't care about what the meaning of the text was, but paid close attention to the fact how the meaning of the text was produced. It led to the production of literary competence.
Meanwhile, structuralism's views on structure make literary competence a kind of structural competence, which structures the text then get meaning from it.
The result of literary competence is not only explaining the course of meaning production, but also rebuilding the four elements of literature: universe, artist, work, audience.
Literary competence reflects both in readers' reading and artist's writing. It is the consistency of both sides' literary competence that makes the exchange between artist and audience become possible.
And the media of exchange is the intertextuality space including both universe and work. In a word, the three parts of this thesis attempts to answer following questions respectively: a.
Where does the concept of literary competence derive from? What is the comprehension of text? How about the position of literary competence in Structuralist Poetics? How did it work?His later work engages much more in the project of post-struturalism, so it is fun to see him so carefully sidestep many of those post-structuralist questions that were arising when the book was published in And what that faculty or power to construct signs generates in respect of language may be thought of as the larger structure which, though we never see or hear it in actual physical terms, can be deduced from its momentary manifestation in actual human utterances.
In the case of language one may say with Saussure that, when trying to reconstruct the underlying system, the relevant relations are those which are functional in the system as it operates at a given time.
The faculties in question are rather c-xactly of the sort that Culler describes in the passage above - the whole battery of perceptual moves that we make in processing a text. The example of linguistics need not lead one to expect the complete solidarity of every system. It is obvious that the second column expresses the same thing, but inverted: underrating of blood relations.