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"Beyond mimesis" might have been a fitting motto for this essay, which asserts that poetry works not through mimesis, the literary representation of reality, but through a semiotic process of displacement and transformation. Drawing on examples from 19th- and 20th-century French poetry (with translations), Riffaterre describes the structure of meaning in a poem . He argues for the self-sufficiency of a literary text and firmly establishes the dialectic between text and reader, between poetic and everyday discourse. The key term in his analysis is the hypogram, a preexistent word group—a cliche, stereotype, epithet , or even another literary work—from which poeticity is derived. Semiotics of Poetry is a lucidly argued and provocative book which will interest readers concerned with poetic and literary theory.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
  2. p. i
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  1. Series Information
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
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  1. 1. The Poem’s Significance
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  1. 2. Sign Production
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  1. 3. Text Production
  2. pp. 47-80
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  1. 4. Interpretants
  2. pp. 81-114
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  1. 5. Textual Semiotics
  2. pp. 115-163
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 164-166
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253051080
MARC Record
OCLC
1259584389
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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