Michael Silverstein

Michael Silverstein teaches at Chicago and is the author, with Michael Lempert, of Creatures of Politics: Media, Message and the American Presidency.

The [ ] walked down the street: Saussure

Michael Silverstein, 8 November 2012

Ferdinand de Saussure, who died in 1913 at the age of 55, sowed the seeds of structuralist thought that first took root in linguistics, then effloresced throughout the 20th century in fields as seemingly distinct as literary criticism, architecture, social anthropology and psychoanalysis. Yet, as John Joseph’s biography shows, Saussure struggled for his entire career to systematise as...

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