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Words, Texts, Cultural Structures and Narratives: Roland Barthes, Arnold Kettle, Harold Bloom



  • Roland Barthes was an important structuralist critic who analyzed signifying systems in mass culture and later on turned to post-structuralism to claim The Death of the Author.
  • He wrote From Work to Text, theorizing the concept of the text which was an important advancement in the field of post structuralism.
  • Arnold Kettle published his authoritative work, An Introduction to the English Novel, which traced the history of English novel from the Eighteenth century to the Modern pe…

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Work as Text: Myths in a Self-Contained World: Michael Foucault, J. Hillis Miller

  • Studies in literary criticism witnessed a marked change in the very process of making sense of the world around us, with the advent of the theories of Structuralism and Post-structuralism.
  • The twentieth century saw thinkers like Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, Michel Foucault, J. Hillis Miller, Harold Bloom, Jacques Derrida and many others, focussing on the key role played by language in all of our dealings.
  • Irrespective of the sphere of interaction, be it text, culture, or gender, l…

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