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March 29, 2007

We Have Centers, Signifiers, and Psychoanalysis, but what makes that Poststructural?

Wright, ''The New Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticism'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

In the historical Amsa Delano's narrative, Cereno's disposition is in a different context, caught up in the issue of certain financial matters between the two captains. It turns out that this Delano, though generous ( like his fictional counterpart), has considerable difficulty in getting proper compensation for his pains from the apparently not-so-noble Cereno...Melville has extracted only Cereno's deposition from the narrative but has been criticized for unduly lengthening his tale with a document hardly differing from its counterpart" (395).

I'm a little confused as to why this essay is considered poststructural. This text seems to incorporate a medly of other criticism - historical and intertextual in the above example, and certainly it falls under psychoanalytic as well. But, there are plenty of instances in which Wright refers to signs and the center, which are key things Derrida mentioned in his essay, and there are references to structure...but the structure of what exactly I am still having trouble grasping, and I am having an equally hard time grasping the concepts of the "center" and the "signifiers" mentioned in both Wright's and Derrida's essays. I just really feel like I am struggling with what are the defining characteristics of poststructuralism.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at March 29, 2007 4:24 PM


This signs and singifiers are a bunch of bull.

Remember that meanings grow but are not constituted by the language in which they appear. One should not allow for a game of verbal association to appear when reading and forget about their relevance to the world at large. The audience should allow the context to emerge from the work rather than stress out about the obvious and whether it is the right interpretation.

We should then not just keep looking for these signs and signifiers cause if we do, we forget what we are actually doing, reading.

Posted by: Denamarie at May 1, 2007 4:36 PM

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