Volume 9, Issue 2, 2012
Semiotics of World Cultures
In the Beginning Was the Triangle
A Semiological Essay
In the beginning was the triangle, the apostles of semiology say. In arguing for a semiological approach to literature, this paper highlights first that the
consecrated semiotic triangle seen in perspective proves to be a pyramid, with its faces consisting of minimal semiotic triads; it then suggests that the pyramidal
semiotic constructs within a given context project the figure of infinite semiosis; finally, it proposes an illustration of the literary process of signification using the
alchemical image of the clepsydra.