Are the structuralists right in claiming that language ‘speaks us’?

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Essential reading:

Althusser, L. (1971) Lenin and Philosophy (New Left Books) Ch: ‘Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses’ (Also available online:

Howarth, D. et al. ed., (2000) Discourse Theory and Political Analysis, (Manchester Uni. Press). Ch. 1: ‘Introducing Discourse Theory’

Levi-Strauss, C. (1963) Structural Anthropology, (Basic Books) Ch. 2: ‘Structural Analysis in Linguistics and Anthropology’ (Also available online:

Saussure, F. de. (1959) Course in General Linguistics, (Philosophical Library, 1959) Pt 1. Sections. I & II: ‘Nature of the Linguistic Sign’; ‘Immutability and Mutability of the Sign’. (Also available online: Torfing, J. (1999) New Theories of Discourse: Laclau, Mouffe and Zizek, (Blackwell) Ch. 4: ‘Discourse’

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