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Elements of Semiology

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ISBN-10: 0374521468

ISBN-13: 9780374521462

Edition: 1973

Authors: Roland Barthes, Annette Lavers, Colin Smith

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"In his Course in General Linguistics, first published in 1916, Saussure postulated the existence of a general science of signs, or Semiology, of which linguistics would form only one part. Semiology, therefore aims to take in any system of signs, whatever their substance and limits; images, gestures, musical sounds, objects, and the complex associations of all these, which form the content of ritual, convention or public entertainment: these constitute, if not languages, at least systems of signification . . . The Elements here presented have as their sole aim the extraction from linguistics of analytical concepts which we think a priori to be sufficiently general to start semiological…    
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1973
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/1/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Roland Barthes (1915-1980), a French critic and intellectual, was a seminal figure in late twentieth-century literary criticism. Barthes's primary theory is that language is not simply words, but a series of indicators of a given society's assumptions. He derived his critical method from structuralism, which studies the rules behind language, and semiotics, which analyzes culture through signs and holds that meaning results from social conventions. Barthes believed that such techniques permit the reader to participate in the work of art under study, rather than merely react to it. Barthes's first books, Writing Degree Zero (1953), and Mythologies (1957), introduced his ideas to a European…    

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