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CLS4200 - Semiotics and Poststructuralism

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Millicent Vladiv-Glover


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


The unit will show students how to turn literary structuralist theory into a workable tool of critical analysis. Structuralism and semiotics as critical systems will be traced back to their historic origins, the Russian Formalist school, C S Peirce and F de Saussure. The heritage and/or critique of structuralism in poststructuralism will be examined, with special emphasis on the work of Julie Kristeva, Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.


Class paper/seminar paper (2,500 words): 20%
Essay (4,500 words): 50%
90 minute end-of-semester test: 30%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week



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