Kaori (post: 1408660) wrote:I’]Course in General Linguistics[/I] and Barthes’ Elements of Semiology, in that order. The structuralist distinction between signifier and signified (which led to Derrida’s deconstructionism) has its roots in Saussure, so you need to read him in order to really understand where Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, Bakhtin, Levi-Strauss, etc. are coming from.
But I’m sure that if you take that Lit Theory class, you will probably read all of those people. I hope you are able to enjoy it; I wouldn’t say that Lit Theory was a “fun” class for me, but some of the authors were interesting (particularly Saussure, Barthes, Derrida, and Bakhtin). Others, like Spivak, I would rather forget.
Off-topic, but if you don’t mind my asking, what are you studying, and what got you interested in Lit Theory?
I haven't read anything by them yet, unfortunately. Rather I'm more (broadly speaking) aware of deconstruction of semiotics and Derrida's overall anti-logocentrism and etc. XD Thank you for your input. I will make sure to read Saussure.
I'm formally studying psychology and sociology, but I find myself most interested in philosophy. Namely, The "continental" side of things. i.e. Existentialism, phenomenology, feminism, and of course post-structuralism. I enjoy people like Kierkegaard, Camus, Nietzsche, Kristeva, and Derrida. I'm not as well-read on the poststructuralists, but I believe I'm familiar with the basic principles. After all, they all kind of intertwine.
I'm certainly no lit major, but I've had my old paradigms deconstructed enough, lol. After some time studying, I became friends with people who were familiar with the subject. I eventually enroll in a lit class (Intro to lit, sadly. I regret not taking a more advanced class such as Major British Authors, which was my original intention) with a professor who was extremely well-versed in lit theory (His Ph.D Dissertation was on friggen James Joyce as Metafiction, lol) A great and amiable scholar who noticed that intro to lit was too easy of a class for me. XD But we've had many discussions on structuralism and poststructuralism. This eventually got me into researching some things by myself.