Theory of Semiotics

ISBN-10: 0253202175
ISBN-13: 9780253202178
Edition: 1979
Authors: Umberto Eco
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/22/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144

Umberto Eco was born in Alessandria, Italy on January 5, 1932. He received a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Turin in 1954. His first book, Il Problema Estetico in San Tommaso, was an extension of his doctoral thesis on St. Thomas Aquinas and was published in 1956. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was published in 1980 and won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and The Prague Cementary.

Foreword
Note on graphic conventions
Introduction--Toward a Logic of Culture
Design for a semiotic theory
'Semiotics': field or discipline?
Communication and/or signification
Political boundaries: the field
Natural boundaries: two definitions of semiotics
Natural boundaries: inference and signification
Natural boundaries: the lower threshold
Natural boundaries: the upper threshold
Epistemological boundaries
Signification and Communication
An elementary communicational model
Systems and codes
The s-code as structure
Information, communication, signification
Theory of Codes
The sign-function
Expression and content
Denotation and connotation
Message and text
Content and referent
Meaning as cultural unit
The interpretant
The semantic system
The semantic markers and the sememe
The KF model
A revised semantic model
The model "Q"
The format of the semantic space
Overcoding and undercoding
The interplay of codes and the message as an open form
Theory of Sign Production
A general survey
Semiotic and factual statements
Mentioning
The problem of a typology of signs
Critique of iconism
A typology of modes of production
The aesthetic text as invention
The rhetorical labor
Ideological code switching
The Subject of Semiotics
References
Index of authors
Index of subjects

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