In S/Z (1970) the French literary theorist Roland Barthes analysed Balzac's story Sarassine. Is his method of analysis structuralist or post-structuralist?

  • Wikipedia says "Barthes's study has had a major impact on literary criticism and is historically located at the crossroads of structuralism and post-structuralism." Which suggests that the question of "is it structuralist or post-structuralist?" may be pretty hard to answer objectively.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Dec 28, 2018 at 10:21
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    If you need to write about this kind of topic, I assume you also have access to a library with books on literary theory. Part of being a student is also learning how to do research on your own. Learn to use library catalogues, learn to move from general works to more specialised ones, etc.
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Dec 28, 2018 at 13:06
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    @Randal'Thor seems to me that very point makes this an interesting question. I'd be highly interested in well supported answers unpacking the question and offering some conclusions.
    – DukeZhou
    Commented Dec 28, 2018 at 23:36
  • @DukeZhou Yes, me too, which creates a dilemma: should I VTC in the student's interest, or vote to leave open for my own interest? Commented Dec 28, 2018 at 23:58
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    @Chappo I don't know what you mean by VTCing in the student's interest, but the Stack Overflow post you linked to isn't relevant here: please see instead Literature's policy on homework questions.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Dec 29, 2018 at 12:15


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