Academic journal article The Romanic Review

In October 2001, the Maison Francaise Hosted a Conference Entitled Stylistics, Poetics, Semiotics: The Contribution of Michael Riffaterre

Academic journal article The Romanic Review

In October 2001, the Maison Francaise Hosted a Conference Entitled Stylistics, Poetics, Semiotics: The Contribution of Michael Riffaterre

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In October 2001, the Maison Francaise hosted a conference entitled Stylistics, Poetics, Semiotics: The Contribution of Michael Riffaterre. The work of Michael Riffaterre has been crucial in the growth and change of the literary studies. Professor Riffaterre, born and educated in France, came to the United States after World War II, and completed a Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia on Le Style des "Pleiades" de Gobineau (1957). Before long, he became a decisive go-between: the key interlocutor between European formalism and American New Criticism, and the main proponent of French structuralism in the United States. His Essais de stylistique structurale (1971), challenging Jakobsonian poetics and Spitzerian stylistics, as well as literary history and New Criticism, cleared the way for reader-oriented theories, which his Semiotics of Poetry (1978) and Text Production (1983) soon firmly established, including many concepts which have since become familiar to all students of literature (hypogram, descriptive system, syllepsis, to name but a few). With Fictional Truth (1990), intertextuality was introduced at the center of literary interpretation, and the questioning of presuppositions and paradoxes has become Michael Riffaterre's recent trademark. …

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