What is post-structuralism?
Who are some of the writers whose works are often characterized as post-structuralist?
What does structuralism propose?
What does post-structuralism critique?
When did post-structuralism emerge as a movement?
What is the metalanguage according to Barthes?
What did Derrida's lecture at Johns Hopkins propose?
What was the period marked by the rebellion of students and workers against the state in May 1968?
Has the rigour and legitimacy of the field been questioned by anyone?
Post-structuralism is a philosophical and literary theory that builds upon and rejects ideas established by structuralism, rejecting the self-sufficiency of structuralism and the binary oppositions that constitute its structures. Structuralism proposes that human culture can be understood by means of a structure that is modeled on language, while post-structuralism critiques this notion. Writers whose works are often characterised as post-structuralist include Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Jean Baudrillard. Post-structuralism emerged in France during the 1960s as a movement critiquing structuralism. The period was marked by the rebellion of students and workers against the state in May 1968. Barthes advanced the concept of the metalanguage, a systematized way of talking about concepts like meaning and grammar beyond the constraints of a traditional (first-order) language. Derrida's lecture at Johns Hopkins was one of the earliest to propose some theoretical limitations to Structuralism. Some observers from outside of the post-structuralist camp have questioned the rigour and legitimacy of the field.
Test your knowledge of literary theory with our post-structuralism quiz! Explore the key concepts and ideas behind this philosophical movement, including the rejection of structuralism and the critique of binary oppositions. Discover the works of influential writers such as Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault, and learn about the emergence of post-structuralism in France during the 1960s. Challenge yourself to see if you can separate fact from fiction when it comes to the rigour and
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