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Language and Materialism

Developments in Semiology and the Theory of the Subject

Rosalind Coward John Ellis



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04 October 2016
First published in 1977, this book presents a comprehensive and lucid guide through the labyrinths of semiology and structuralism - perhaps the most significant systems of study to have been developed in the twentieth century. The authors describe the early presuppositions of structuralism and semiology which claim to be a materialist theory of language based on Saussure's notion of the sign. They show how these presuppositions have been challenged by work following Althusser's development of the Marxist theory of ideology, and by Lacan's re-reading of Freud. The book explains how the encounter of two disciplines - psychoanalysis and Marxism - on the ground of their common problem -language - has produced a new understanding of society and its subjects. It produces a critical re-examination of the traditional Marxist theory of ideology, together with the concepts of sign and identity of the subject.
By:   Rosalind Coward, John Ellis
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   5
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781138690561
ISBN 10:   1138690562
Series:   Routledge Library Editions: Semantics and Semiology
Pages:   165
Publication Date:   04 October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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