Monday, December 25, 2006

Episode 4 - Lit Theory: Structuralism & Semiotics

Today's episode features Structuralism and Semiotics, SWIRL, and music from Cagey House.

While these podcasts are not comprehensive, I do go over a lot of names and terms in a pretty short period of time. Here are the names and terms included in today’s episode:

Important Structuralists

Claude Lévi-Strauss, A. J. Greimas, Jonathan Culler, Roland Barthes, Ferdinand de Saussure, Roman Jakobson, Vladimir Propp, and Terence Hawkes

Important Semiologists

Charles Peirce, Ferdinand de Saussure, Michel Foucault, Umberto Eco, Gérard Genette, and Roland Barthes

Important Terms (both schools)

binary opposition, mythemes, sign versus symbol (sign and signified), and structuralist narratology

Featured site: SWIRL: Your Guide to Post-Millennial Paradigms.

Today’s featured artist, Cagey House, appears courtesy of Three Cagey House songs were featured: Saffron Steps, which I use as my theme music, The Ming Thing, as bumper music, and That Hypothesis, in its entirety. Podcast inspired by Vade Mecum.

Want to know more about Structuralism and Semiotics?

Chandler, David. Semiotics for Beginners.

Siegel, Kristi. Intro to Literary Theory.

Wikipedia. "Structuralism"

Wikipedia. "Semiotic Literary Criticism"

I also mention the new presence of ads on the site (I'm hoping to break even on my media hosting costs), the new domain, filename changes, and the move to a weekend upload. Whew! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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