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Text as Agent in Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class

Abstract

In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

One of the assumptions that dominates aesthetic theory today is the problematic nature of the idea of the subject.1 Since the 1960's, the influence of structural linguistics and anthropology has informed literary theory by questioning the following traditional notions: (1) the uniqueness and integrity of the author as the originating center of a work; and (2) the representational function of art and literature; that is, the possibility of a correspondence between a fictional character and a hypothesized counterpart in the objective world.

Comparative Drama is carried by JSTOR and Project MUSE.

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