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Algooneh Juneghani M. Semiotic foundations of Doxa and Paradox in Barthes' thought ‎. LCQ. 2017; 10 (38) :7-31
URL: http://journals.modares.ac.ir/article-29-9099-en.html
Assistant Professor, University of Isfahan
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During his second career, Roland Barthes concentrates mainly on the criticism of the ‎Evident. He believes what pretends to be natural, universal and evident is in fact an outcome of ‎a naturalization process; a process through which the ideological is finally configured as the ‎Evident. Accordingly, the final result of the naturalization process, according to Barthes is a ‎Doxa which embodies the Evident. Therefore, on his way to criticize the Evident and also ‎reveal the ideological implications of Doxa, Barthes proposes Paradox as the antithesis of Doxa. ‎Paradox is actually a weapon against the intrigues of language, on the basis of which it would be ‎possible to experience a different reading of the text. However, Barthes never provides a clear-‎cut explanation of the semiotic mechanism of Doxa and Paradox. As a result, it may be ‎assumed that Barthes' theoretical reorientation involves with the denial of his former doctrines ‎regarding sign. This article, then, tries not only to analyze the semiotic functions of Doxa and ‎Paradox, but also explain the logical outcome of this viewpoint. It will be finally revealed that ‎Barthes' second approach is basically influenced by the criticism of the hierarchical relationship ‎between connotative and denotative meanings. ‎
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Article Type: Theoretical | Subject: Semiotic Criticism
Received: 2017/03/15 | Accepted: 2017/07/23 | Published: 2017/09/3
* Corresponding Author Address: Shahr-e Kord

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