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201. The American Journal of Semiotics: Volume > 17 > Issue: 3
Sanda Monica Tataram Visual Computer Programming: Semiotic and Cognitive Aspects
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Richard L. Lanigan The Communicology of the Image Alain Robbe-Grillet, Instantanés [Snapshots] (1962 / 1986)
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Dave Pruett Wheeler Winston Dixon, It Looks at You: The Returned Gaze of Cinema (1995)
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Barry King On Semiotic Determinism and the Visual Sign
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ADVERTISEMENTS AND NOTICES
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Elliot Gaines The Semiotics of Media Images from Independence Day and September 11, 2001
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W. Stephen Croddy The Semiotic Anaysis of Analytic Cubism
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Elizabeth C. Hirschman Legends in Our Own Time: How Motion Pictures and Television Shows Fulfill the Functions of Myth
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Leo Havemann Maggie Humm, Feminism and Film (1997)
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Eduardo Neiva An Argument Against the Conventionalist Interpretation of Images
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Boris Gubman The Returns Of History: Russian Nietzscheans After Modernity
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Boris Gubman Jacques Derrida on Philosophy, Language, and Power in the Age of Globalization
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About the Authors
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Clarisse Zimra Can the Empire Really Write Back: Maximin’s Unbounded Narrative
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This essay examines the ways in which Daniel Maximin, a Guadeloupean writer, tackles the work of history and memory that constitutes the ethical imperative of postcolonial writers in the African diaspora. From Proust to Joyce, Camus to Blanchot, Maximin “riffs” on the modernist canon to produce a truly hybrid hermeneutics. In three inter-connected works that share characters and circumstances and owe much to Eco’s concept of the “open work”, Maximin crafts one giant unbounded, untelelogical self-referential narrative that shall heal the diasporic obsession with the all too real fractures of colonial history.
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Sid Sondergard Mapping the Lovecraft Idiolect: Iterative Structures and Autosemiotization as Reading Strategies
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Towards reassessing and reconciling some of the conflicted readings of H. P. Lovecraft’s writings, Sondergard proposes that the author be read through the lens of his own idiolect rather than through interpretive systems constructed from referents external to Lovecraft’s often xenophobically self-referential perceptions. Modeling a semiotic system extrapolated from analysis of Lovecraft’s canon as well as of his life, the essay proceeds to employ it to reexamine “Herbert West—Reanimator,” a story that has been cited as evidence of the author’s racism.
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Julia Kristeva Thinking about Literary Thought
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To these rather restrained opinions, one must add the unremitting efforts of the media but also of academia—these powers and institutions are decidedly united—who aim to ridicule and discredit for ever more literary theory’s encroachment, or attemptedencroachment, of its authority on literature. It may seem paradoxical that such a sparing, abstract, or even, as they say, insignificant activity should elicit such an . . . eroticization. Why so much passion for such an elusive object? We must look back to the beginningsof theoretical thought in the area of arts and literature, in order to attempt to uncover the reasons for this apparent anomaly.
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Ibrahim Taha Heroism In Literature: A Semiotic Model
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The semiotic model that disregards the normative context represented by the protagonist examines how we can distinguish the three conceptions of heroism, namely hero, semi-hero, and anti-hero. What are the methodological criteria whereby we can follow the protagonist in the text from beginning to end? To answer them, this article tries to present a model made up of five stages/criteria which constitute a semiotic model by means of which the connection to heroism can be determined. These are: (1) motivation, (2) will, (3) ability, (4) execution, and (5) outcome. These stages can be logically classified into three categories: 1) Pre-action (the first three stages), 2) Action (the fourth stage), 3) Post-action (the fifth stage). The model proposed here suits all types of narrative and drama and all performance and film production arts.
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Douglas Jones Limiting the Unlimited: Eco’s Realistic Pragmatism
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Umberto Eco’s notion of an “open work” embraces a Peircean pragmatism in order to avoid the extremes of both a bounded authorial intent and an unbounded post-structuralism, but this brand of pragmatism does not succeed in providing objective constraints on interpretation due to an unnecessary commitment to a Saussurrean net of meaning signification. Eco’s arguments for this commitment fail upon simple phenomenological reflection, and the whole commitment proves to be unnecessary for Eco’s fruitful insights of the open work. Successful interpretation of an open work requires both intersubjectivity and actual presence.
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John E. Henning Expanding Relationships: A Semiotic Description of Development in the Interpretation and Organization of Text
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This article examines the reading protocols of eleventh grade, primary school (USA) students for the purpose of better understanding their development in the interpretation and organization of text. Peirce’s description of thought as a triadic process is utilized to show how a continuous process of differentiation and integration leads to an increasingly sophisticated perception of context, organization and coherence within a text. More proficient student readers are simultaneously better able to distinguish more finely and to integrate more broadly across the text. For all levels of readers, it is in the interplay between differentiation and integration that meaning emerges.
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William D. Melaney Rilke’s Semiotic Potential: Iconicity and Performance
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This article demonstrates how a new reading of Rilke’s poetry can provide a basis for comparing and contrasting the aesthetic approach to art and the language-based approach that foregrounds the role of metaphor and materiality in literary production. Lessing’s Laocoön is discussed in terms of an implied dialogue between painting and poetry, which, however, acquires a different valence when the Fifth of Rilke’s Duino Elegies suggests that poetry itself functions as a ‘metaphorical hypoicon’ allowing for shared meanings. My concluding remarks emphasize the importance of the performing self to a complete understanding of Rilke’s semiotic potential.