This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Roland Barthes - This person was a radical member of the reception theory movement who later served as a transitional figure between structuralism and post-structuralism.
Matthew Arnold - This person was a nineteenth-century aristocrat who believed that the promotion of English literature was key to political unity and would distract the working-class from its hardships.
F.R. Leaves - This person was a founding member of the Scrutiny movement in early twentieth century England and believed that literature was the medicine to cure spiritual crisis.
Ferdinand de Saussure - This person was a French...
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