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Philip E. Lewis
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (New York, NY 10065-8124)

An Introduction to Literary Semiotics

To study literary semiotics, i.e., the systematic study of signs, the processes of signification, and the structures of meaning at the various levels of literary discourse. Grantee will demonstrate the applicability of semiotic analysis in practical literary criticism through a reading of works by Descartes and Pascal. Through a semiotic reading, the underlying epistemological structures of classical writing will be discerned and the groundwork for an inquiry into the problematic relationship between the literary and the ideological elements of philosophical discourse will be established.

Project fields:
French Literature

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$18,500 (approved)
$18,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1976 – 6/30/1977