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Subject Literature

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


The sum total of stable connections of a literary work which provide for its wholeness and identity with itself, that is, the preservation of basic qualities without external or internal changes. Since the Middle Ages the notion of structure has been used as one of the ways to define form (form as structure, as the organization of the content). In the twentieth century, the analysis of structural relationships and connections occupied an important place in the analysis of language, literary and art works, and C ulture in general. In contemporary science, the notion of structure usually corresponds to notions of S ystem and organization, which characterize the entire manifestation of an object (its components, connections between the elements, their functions, etc.). Structure expresses only those elements which remain stable, relatively unchanging, in various transformations of the system. Organization includes both the structural and the dynamic characteristics of the system which provide for its directed functioning. An important contribution to the development of the notion of structure was made by structural linguistics, the founders of which were Jan Baudouin de Courtenay and Ferdinand de S aussure . Structural linguistics aimed at a scientifically precise (almost mathematical) analysis of language. The starting point of this analysis was the notion of the structure of language. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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