The Chains of Semiosis: Semiotics, Marxism, and the Female Stereotypes in 'The Mill on the Floss'
Papers on Language and Literature, Vol. 27, No. 1, 1991
10 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2010 Last revised: 13 Sep 2011
Date Written: 1989
This paper puts forward a theory of literary writing as a practice of ideological transformation. The example analyzed is the representation of the sexes in George Eliot's novel THE MILL ON THE FLOSS, a representation which is intertextually mediated, metafictional, and transformatory, rather than merely "realistic" or spontaneous. This view of writing as a practice of material production in the intertextual field is theorized on the basis of V. N. Voloshinov's (or M. M. Bakhtin's) materialist linguistics, and of Peirce's semiotics. The methodological kinship between these researchers is asserted (as it was ignored in the 1980s, when this paper was written).
Keywords: Literature, Writing, Intertextuality, Stereotypes, Semiotics, Production, Marxism, Cultural materialism, Peirce, Voloshinov, George Eliot
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