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Linguistic Turns, 1890-1950: Writing on Language as Social Theory

Ken Hirschkop


Linguistic Turns rewrites the intellectual and cultural history of early twentieth-century Europe. In chapters that range over the work of Saussure, Russell, Wittgenstein, Bakhtin, Benjamin, Cassirer, Shklovskii, the Russian Futurists, Ogden and Richards, Sorel, Gramsci, and others, it shows how European intellectuals came to invest ‘language’ with extraordinary force, at a time when the social and political order of the continent was in question. By examining linguistic turns in concert rather than in isolation, Hirschkop changes the way we see them—no longer simply as moves in individual dis ... More

Keywords: linguistic turn, linguistics, analytic philosophy, rhetoric, symbolism, democracy, myth, analogy, modernism, public opinion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198745778
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198745778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ken Hirschkop, author
Associate Professor of English, University of Waterloo