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The Signifying Monkey

In the introduction to his book, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African American Literary Criticism, Henry Louis Gates Jr. observes that: 'It is amazing how much black people, in ritual...

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The Signifying Monkey

Signification of signs and signifiers originates with linguistic theory and was applied to literary theory. In linguistics, the study of signs and signifiers is called semiotics. In literary...

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The Signifying Monkey

Noted historian Henry Louis Gates's The Signifying Monkey and Other Essays is a collection of essays and does not have characters like fictional works do. However, it does have a least one central...

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The Signifying Monkey

The term as it applies to literary criticism is something that scholars have had a great deal of difficulty defining, although arguable Gates does a better job than most in this piece. Essentially,...

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The Signifying Monkey

The title refers to a trickster figure that was transformed from its original, varied African forms into even more numerous African-American manifestations beginning in the sixteenth century. Henry...

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