Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

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Structuralism emerged in the 1950s in France and became a major force in the 1960s mainly through the influence of the writings of the social anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, particularly his book La Pensée Sauvage (1962), and the literary critic, Roland Barthes. It is a method of analysing cultural phenomena that is largely derived from the linguistics of the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913). Russian Formalism and the Prague Linguistic Circle in the 1920s and 1930s in their innovatory work in literary criticism and theory to some extent anticipated structuralism. Roman Jakobson is a particularly significant precursor of French structuralism in that he was a Russian Formalist who left Russia for Prague, …

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Citation: Newton, Ken. "Structuralism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 September 2007 [, accessed 07 February 2023.]

1063 Structuralism 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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