Quiz: Structuralism and Literary Criticism
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1. __________ is an influential book compiled by Charles Bally and Albert Sechehaye from notes on lectures given by ______ at the University of Geneva between 1906 and 1911.
2. Roy Harris, summarized Saussure's contribution to linguistics and the study of language in the following way(in Language, Saussure and Wittgenstein, 1988)
3. Match with the appropriate :
the entire human potential for speech
the system that each of us uses to generate discourse that is intelligible to others
our individual utterances.
the concept that language is relational, arbitrary and constitutive (having the power to create or establish a system of meaning)
langage (language)
4. Match with the speaker:
The particular text will only be an instance that allows us to describe the properties of literature (in general).
Poetics for the structuralist is 'concerned with a general grammar of literature which will be only partially visible in any individual work'.
Anne Jefferson
5. Structuralist believes in . . .
6. True or false: "Structuralism expounds the different systems which can generate meaning. But paradoxically the interest is in the system rather than meaning or the content, or to use Saussure's terms, in the 'signifier'rather than the 'signified'.
7. __________ structuralistically analysed nouvella named __________ written by _________ .
8. Barthes' 'S/Z'(1975) takes a farther step and challenges our traditional ways of talking about literature and what is more significant, challenges the presuppositions of Structuralism itself. It is therefore relevant to refer to the five codes that Barthes posits in his discussion. Identify five codes from the below given list:
9. Roland Barthes applied the structuralist method to the general field of modern culture in 'Mythologies' What did she observe for sports like boxing and wrestling?
a sport concerned with repression and endurance; it enacts social endurance which is sometimes necessary in life.
a sport where in pain is flamboyantly displayed; it dramatises ultimate struggle and conflicts between good and evil
10. Match the structuralist with their major works:
The Death of the Author (1968)
Structuralist Poetics (1975)
Structuralism and Semiotics (1977)
Working with Structuralism (1980)
Roland Barthes
Jonathan Culler
Terence Hawkes
David Lodge
11. What do structuralist critics do?
12. In which context did Gerard Genette used the term 'intellectual bricolage' (borrowed from Claude Levi-Strauss)?
13. Which of the following observations are given by Gerard Genette in his essay 'Structuralism and Literary Criticism'?
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