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Semiotics : the basics / Daniel Chandler.

Author / Creator Chandler, Daniel.
Imprint London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Description xviii, 273 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Language English
Subject Semiotics.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
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ISBN 0415265932
0415265940 (pbk.)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-260) and index.
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Semiotics owes much to structural linguistics but, as an interdisciplinary (or nondisciplinary) field, it has value for any discipline concerned with making explicit how signs are interpreted. Accordingly, Chandler's introductory study will be useful to students in media, film, literature, communication, and cultural studies. Chandler (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) organizes the work in seven chapters, covering various aspects of the semiotics of Saussure, Propp, Jakobson, Hjelmslev, Greimas, Levi-Strauss, Barthes, et al. and concluding with some discussion of poststructuralist semiotics and the work of Derrida, Foucault, and Lacan. (He says a little about Charles S. Peirce, also, but for the most part focuses on European traditions.) Chandler discusses the nature of the sign, theories of its nature, and key concepts (markedness, code, referentiality, intertextuality, etc.). He intersperses these discussions with illustrations of semiotic analysis, for example, Propp's analysis of Little Red Riding Hood. A useful glossary and references are included and an online version is available at Semiotics for Beginners . College and university libraries. E. L. Battistella Southern Oregon University

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