Semiotics

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Semiotics, the study of the sign systems that constitute human culture, has since its discovery in the late 19th century and early 20th century, transformed the ways in which we think about culture and communication. It has opened new areas of study and made fruitful connections between established disciplines. This four-volume set offers the most extensive, systematic and in-depth survey of the foundations and development of semiotics as a field. It covers foundational texts in semiotics, from the constitution ...

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Overview

Semiotics, the study of the sign systems that constitute human culture, has since its discovery in the late 19th century and early 20th century, transformed the ways in which we think about culture and communication. It has opened new areas of study and made fruitful connections between established disciplines. This four-volume set offers the most extensive, systematic and in-depth survey of the foundations and development of semiotics as a field. It covers foundational texts in semiotics, from the constitution of the field in the early 20th century, through its blossoming with the advent of structuralism in the 1960s and '70s and the formative dialogue between structuralism and Marxism. It goes on to present a representative selection of central essays in literary semiotics, narratology and poetics, the semiotics of anthropology, myth, art, architecture, music, theatre, film, fashion and other aspects of contemporary culture. Special attention is paid to the development of a poststructuralist, semiotically aware discourse in the analysis of culture and history, to the related areas of deconstruction and psychoanalysis, and to the current controversy over the possibilities and issues raised by a postmodernist semiotics.

The anthology offers a unique and valuable research tool for students and scholars alike in all areas of the social sciences and humanities, among them linguistics, social and cultural anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, literature and media and communications.

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VOLUME ONE
PART ONE: FUNDAMENTALS: THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FIELD
Course in General Linguistics - Ferdinand de Saussure
The Stratification of Language - Louis Hjelmslev
Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Linguistic Disturbances - Roman Jakobson
Linguistics and Poetics - Roman Jakobson
Basic Concepts of Peircean Sign Theory - Charles Sanders Peirce
Writings on the General Theory of Signs - Charles Morris
PART TWO: THE ARTICULATION OF THE FIELD
Theses Presented at the First Congress of Slavic Philologists - Prague Linguistic Circle
'Structural Analysis in Linguistics and Anthropology' - Claude Lévi-Strauss
Elements of Semiology - Roland Barthes
Basic Concepts of Greimasian Semiotics - Algirdas-Julien Greimas and Joseph Court[ac]es
The Interaction of Semiotic Constraints - Algirdas-Julien Greimas and Fran[ce]cois Rastier
Toward a Logic of Culture - Umberto Eco
Theses on the Semiotic Study of Culture (As Applied to Slavic Texts) - B A Uspenskij et al
Pertinence et pratique - Luis J Prieto
Essai de s
[ac]emiologie
Semiotics of Science versus Semiotics of Art - Solomon Marcus
Global Semiotics - Thomas A Sebeok
VOLUME TWO
PART THREE: SEMIOTICS AND MARXISM: THE DEBATE
Discourse in Life and Discourse in Art - Valentin Voloshinov [and Mikhail Bakhtin]
Reading Capital - Louis Althusser
Reflexions sur le structuralisme et l'histoire - Henri Lefebvre
The Mental and the Material - Maurice Godelier
Language and Structures of Feeling - Raymond Williams
The Importance of the Concept of Potential Consciousness for Communication - Lucien Goldmann
Language as Work and Trade - Ferruccio Rossi-Landi
The Economics of Linguistic Exchanges - Pierre Bourdieu
PART FOUR: ANTHROPOLOGY, FOLKLORE AND MYTH
Do Dual Organizations Exist? - Claude Lévi-Strauss
Morphology of the Folktale - Vladimir Propp
The Structural Study of Myth - Claude Lévi-Strauss
The Interpretation of Myth - Algirdas-Julien Greimas
Theory and Practice
Fundamentals of Diachronic Linguistics - Vyacheslav V Ivanov
Semiotic Implications
L'organisation de l'espace - Jean-Pierre Vernant
Hestia-Hermes
The Legitimacy of Solomon - Edmund Leach
Some Structural Aspects of Old Testament History
VOLUME THREE
PART FIVE: LITERARY SEMIOTICS: NARRATOLOGY AND POETICS
Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narratives - Roland Barthes
The Death of the Author - Roland Barthes
Structural Analysis of Narrative - Tzvetan Todorov
Elements of a Narrative Grammar - Algirdas-Julien Greimas
'Frontiers of Narrative' - Gérard Genette
Literary Competence - Jonathan Culler
On the Metalanguage of a Typological Description of Culture - Juri M Lotman
The Bounded Text - Julia Kristeva
PART SIX: SEMIOTICS OF NON-VERBAL AND COMPLEX SYSTEMS
Rhetoric of the Image - Roland Barthes
General Premisses for a Semiotic Consideration of the Ancient Icon - Boris Uspensky
Vers une semiotique des codes visuels - Umberto Eco
Semiotics and Archeology - Alexandros Lagopoulos
The Fine Arts and the Conception of Space in Ancient Greece
Function and Sign - Umberto Eco
Semiotics of Architecture
A Theory of Musical Semiotics - Eero Tarasti
The Theory Itself in an Abridged Form
The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama - Keir Elam
Some Points in the Semiotics of the Cinema - Christian Metz
Written Clothing - Roland Barthes
Subculture - Dick Hebdige
The Meaning of Style
VOLUME FOUR
PART SEVEN: CULTURE AND HISTORY: SEMIOTICS AND POSTSTRUCTURALISM
Myth Today - Roland Barthes
Footing - Erving Goffman
Hegemony and Mass Culture - Mark Gottdiener
A Semiotic Approach
Preface from 'The Order of Things' - Michel Foucault
The Unities of Discourse - Michel Foucault
Historical Discourse - Roland Barthes
The Content of the Form - Hayden White
Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation
PART EIGHT: POSTSTRUCTURALISM: DECONSTRUCTION AND PSYCHOANALYSIS
The Outside Is the Inside - Jacques Derrida
Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences - Jacques Derrida
The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason Since Freud - Jacques Lacan
The System and the Speaking Subject - Julia Kristeva
PART NINE: FROM POSTSTRUCTURALISM TO POSTMODERNISM
The Postmodern Condition - Jean-François Lyotard
Toward a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign - Jean Baudrillard
Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism - Fredric Jameson
The Substance of the Expression - Mark Gottdiener
The Role of Material Culture in Symbolic Interaction

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