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Symbolism and Interpretation

"With his habitual clarity of exposition and grasp of ideas, Todorov here reviews rhetorical theories of linguistic symbolism and the various models proposed for its interpretation from Aristotle to Hirsch. His conclusions not only are judicious but also promise to be a healthy influence in the age of post-Derridean reconstruction."—Virginia Quarterly Review

In Symbolism and Interpretation, Tzvetan Todorov examines two aspects of discourse: its production, which has traditionally been the domain of rhetoric, and its reception, which has always been the object of hermeneutics. Les mer

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In Symbolism and Interpretation, Tzvetan Todorov examines two aspects of discourse: its production, which has traditionally been the domain of rhetoric, and its reception, which has always been the object of hermeneutics. He analyzes the diverse theories of symbolism and interpretation that have been elaborated over the centuries and considers their contribution to a general theory of verbal symbolism, discussing a wide range of thinkers, from the Sanskrit philosophers and Aristotle to the German Romantics and contemporary semioticians.

Todorov begins by examining general ideas of linguistic symbolism and the interpretive process. He then turns to a detailed consideration of two of the most influential and pervasive interpretative strategies in Western thought: the patristic exegesis of Augustine and Aquinas, and the philological exegesis foreshadowed in the work of Spinoza, developed by Wolf, Ast, Boeckh, and Lanson, and criticized by Schleiermacher. Todorov clarifies in masterly fashion the intricacies of the many schools of thought and refines the concepts crucial to critical theory today, including the distinctions between language and discourse, direct and indirect meaning, sign and symbol. Ably translated by Catherine Porter, Symbolism and Interpretation provides a coherent and innovative framework that is indispensable to the study of semiotics, its history, and its future.

Detaljer

Forlag
Cornell University Press
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
176
ISBN
9780801493713
Utgivelsesår
1986
Format
22 x 14 cm

Om forfatteren

Catherine Porter is Professor of French at State University of New York College at Cortland.

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"With his habitual clarity of exposition and grasp of ideas, Todorov here reviews rhetorical theories of linguistic symbolism and the various models proposed for its interpretation from Aristotle to Hirsch. His conclusions not only are judicious but also promise to be a healthy influence in the age of post-Derridean reconstruction."—Virginia Quarterly Review

"Like Todorov's other books, this one is filled with brilliant critical insights and immense learning. Todorov has the gift to deal with large concepts of a very complex order in lucid and direct terms. It is astonishing to see with what ease Todorov wanders across a variety of disciplines and many centuries—from Greek antiquity to the present age—in the course of elucidating his theories on poetics and interpretation."—Melvin J. Friedman, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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