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Rastier's Biography & Bibliography



François Rastier

François Rastier, born in France in 1945, has been working on developing a unified theory of interpretive semantics, from the word to the text level, and extended to the literary corpus.

Interpretive semantics is a "second-generation" synthesis of European structural semantics, developed in the wake of Bréal and Saussure, then Hjelmslev, Greimas, Coseriu and Pottier. The basic units it employs are (among others) the seme and the isotopy, reconfigured into a theory of semantic forms. François Rastier's theory fits into the general context of a semiotics of cultures.

Selected Bibliography

In English

RASTIER, F., Meaning and Textuality, trans. Frank Collins and Paul Perron, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.

In French

RASTIER, F., (dir.), L’analyse thématique des données textuelles : l’exemple des sentiments, Paris: Didier, 1995.
RASTIER, F., Idéologie et théorie des signes. Analyse structurale des Éléments d'idéologie d'Antoine-Louis-Claude Destutt de Tracy, La Haye: Mouton, 1972.
RASTIER, F., L'isotopie sémantique, du mot au texte, Doctoral thesis, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 1985.
RASTIER, F., Sémantique interprétative, Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1987.
RASTIER, F., Sens et textualité, Paris: Hachette, 1989, 287 p. (This book is out of print and may be downloaded in pdf format.)
RASTIER, F., Sémantique et recherches cognitives, Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1991.
RASTIER, F., (dir.), Textes et sens, Paris: Didier/InaLF, 1996.
RASTIER, F., Sémantique interprétative, Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1996 [1987].
RASTIER, F., Arts et sciences du texte, Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2001.
RASTIER, F., (dir.), Sémiotique narrative et textuelle, Paris: Larousse, 1973.
RASTIER, F., Essais de sémiotique discursive, Tours: Mame, 1974.
RASTIER, F., M. CAVAZZA and A. ABEILLÉ, Sémantique pour l'analyse, Paris: Masson, 1994.
RASTIER, F., S. BOUQUET, Une introduction aux sciences de la culture, Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2002.
SALANSKIS, J.-M., F. RASTIER and R. SCHEPS, Herméneutique : textes, sciences, Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1997.

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