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The Search for Literary Meaning

A Semiotic Approach to the Problem of Interpretation in Education

Peter A. Foulkes

The principal aim of the study is to comment on institutional literary interpretation against the current background of various reformist tendencies in literary studies. Descriptive and analytic techniques derived from semiotics are used in an attempt both to illuminate the function of interpretation within systems of literary education and to examine critically the theoretical assumptions which underlie many contemporary approaches to the subject.