English Department of Daffodil International University (DIU) organized a seminar titled as “Structuralism and Literature” on November30, 2013 at the DIU Auditorium. Renowned writer and a teacher of English from University of Dhaka, Dr. Shamsad Mortuza graced the seminar as the keynote speaker.


Prof. Dr. M Lutfar Rahman, Vice-Chancellor, Daffodil International University, addressing at the seminar on “Structuralism and Literature” as the chief guest


Prof. Dr. M Lutfar Rahman, Vice-Chancellor, Daffodil International University, was present in the seminar as the chief guest. Presided over by Umme Kulsum, Head, Department of English, DIU, the seminar was addressed by Dr. Binoy Barman, Associate Professor, and Mohammed Shamsul Hoque, Assistant Professor, Department of English, DIU.


Dr. Mortuza started his speech by pointing out the rise of structuralism. Then he put focus on how the meaning of a word differs depending on its use. According to him words get newer meaning for their changing patterns. He emphasized that meaning is not referential rather it is differential. He talked about the structuralist icons of literature like Ferdinand de Saussure, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Roland Barthes.


Faculty members along with distinguished guests


In a question answer session, Dr. Mortuza discussed that the enterprise of structuralism is to discover how people make sense of the world and not to discover what the world is. He also told that through the theory structuralism, it is not possible to find any scientific truth. The enthusiastic listeners were entertained by his time-befitting presentation which was enriched by the examples of recent incidents.


A large number of students of English department attended the seminar.



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