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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown


The process by which a text's system of linguistic and literary codes and conventions is naturalized by its readers, who mistakenly assume that a text refers to the real world. According to structuralism, such naturalization or recuperation is fundamentally wrongheaded, for the real world itself is nothing but a culturally endorsed system of signs, of shared codes, conventions, and ideologies.

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