Conversations with Lotman: Cultural Semiotics in Language, Literature, and Cognition

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University of Toronto Press, 1. jaan 2003 - 204 pages

Conversations with Lotman is a critical analysis of Russian cultural historian and theoretician Jurij Lotman's central contributions to the study of semiotics, including his writings on the "semiotics of culture" and the "semiotics of artistic space," and his efforts to model the production of cultural knowledge and how it is shared in any functioning semiotic space. Edna Andrews builds a narrative around Lotman's work by presenting the major principles of his cultural semiotic theory, including his doctrine of signs, his definition of the "semiosphere," and his modelling of communication as a means to create new knowledge and to share old knowledge.

Andrews also examines how Lotman's semiotic constructs relate to structuralist and post-structuralist semiotic theories, the work of other theorists of semiotics such as Charles S. Pierce and Thomas A. Sebeok, to twentieth-century Russian literary texts, and to the cognitive sciences. Andrews grapples with Lotman's difficult, sometimes contradictory, theories of human language, perception, and memory, offering semioticians the opportunity to read the first sustained study of Lotman's work in English.

 

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Contents

Lotmans Contributions to the Semiotics of Culture
3
The Structure of Cultural Semiotic Systems
13
Introduction to the Semiosphere
26
Characteristics and Origins of the Semiosphere
42
Lotman Bulgakov and Zamyatin
73
Bulgakov and Zamyatin
93
Extending Lotmanian Theory
112
Perception
133
The Language of Memory in the Memory of Language
147
Notes
161
References
179
Index
193
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EDNA ANDREWS is a Professor of Slavic Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University.

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