By Paul Cobley and Litza Jansz. Early precursors of semiotics include Plato c. The word semiotics comes from the Greek root, seme , as in semeiotikos , an interpreter of signs. Semiotics as a discipline is simply the analysis of signs or the study of the functioning of sign systems. The idea that sign systems are of great consequence is easy enough to grasp; yet the recognition of the need to study sign systems is very much a modern phenomenon.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Introducing Semiotics by Paul Cobley. Introducing Semiotics by Paul Cobley ,. Litza Jansz Contributor. Why study signs? This perennial question of philosophy is answered by the science of semiotics. An animal's cry, poetry, the medical symptom, media messages, language disorders, architecture, marketing, body language - all these, and more, fall within the sphere of semiotics.
Introducing Semiotics outlines the development of sign study from its classical precursors to conte Why study signs? Introducing Semiotics outlines the development of sign study from its classical precursors to contemporary post-structuralism.
Through Paul Cobley's incisive text and Litza Jansz's brilliant illustrations, it identifies the key semioticians and their work and explains the simple concepts behind difficult terms. For anybody who wishes to know why signs are crucial to human existence and how we can begin to study systems of signification, this book is the place to start. It is the perfect companion volume to Introducing Barthes Get A Copy. Paperback , Third Edition , pages.
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Start your review of Introducing Semiotics. Mar 22, Michael P. The structure it seems appropriate to begin with the structure is to examine proto-semiotics followed by early and unsophisticated semiotics i. Saussure , then chart its growth into the complex discipline it is today mostly by looking at how different countries have contributed uniquely to the field, then finish with some practical applications in advertising.
This is a very sensible approach. It fails to do two things, however. It does not critique semiotic theory beyond what one generati The structure it seems appropriate to begin with the structure is to examine proto-semiotics followed by early and unsophisticated semiotics i. It does not critique semiotic theory beyond what one generation wrote of another and the comic book telling only allows for one level of depth for each idea.
The virtue of this book is that it reminds us that Lucan and Derrida are fools and that any idea can be constructed and even proven with language, but this does not make these ideas true. There is much foolishness here, but the basic idea behind semiotics is very sound indeed. The book does not assert the claims in this paragraph, but smart and wise people will understand that this is so. Jul 08, Erin rated it liked it. I got lost a little bit with the Russians after post-structuralism, but contemporary theories, specifically those of Eco, are well-put and digestible.
A basic illustrated guide to Semiotics. This book outlines the key figures in the development of semiotics, but given its length suffers somewhat from overloading the reader with information. The bits where it gave examples were great—it just needed more of those. That said, having read this book I feel encouraged to find out more on this subject.
I particularly enjoyed the quite extensive section on Umberto Eco and was glad that he had the last word in the book. Apr 10, Sara Khan rated it it was amazing. This book is a perfect match for students of literature, linguistics, philology.
The illustrations are really funny and help understand the theory and history of semiotics. Also, I'm sure that people who work in marketing, public relations and advertising should pay more attention to semiotic connections between things, signs, etc.
Always good to combine graphic novels and theory. Oct 29, Martin Hare Michno rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , critical-theory. A decent introduction to semiotics. However, some of the illustrations seemed racist. Is it possible to take seriously an introductory treatise on a serious subject like semiology when it is illustrated in the manner of comic books? Or is it intellectual snobbery to look askance at such a text, even if the pictures are clever and helpfully amplify the text?
That is what I mean in my Is it possible to take seriously an introductory treatise on a serious subject like semiology when it is illustrated in the manner of comic books? That is what I mean in my lectures. Semiotics is the theory and study of how communication occurs through the use of signs and symbols.
A hundred years ago, I cobbled together an interdisciplinary master's degree in human communication theory. The mental muscles developed in that pursuit have not been much exercised since. This is a fun way to get back into shape. Having whetted my appetite with Eco and Cobley, I can hardly wait to read Roland Barthes' "Mythologies" in which we draws upon professional wrestling, hairstyles in movies set in Ancient Rome, toys, striptease, the design of the Citroen automobile, astrology and the photography of gourmet cooking.
Jun 24, Daniel Morgan rated it really liked it Shelves: language-and-literacy. I didn't know much about semiotics before, so I have no idea if the text itself is accurate. However, I thought this was overall a very clear book. The author went through a lot of different theorists and broke down their ideas. I appreciated the use of graphics and illustrations to support the text - it especially helped because the topics themselves seem very abstract. However, I gave this book 4 stars because I wish it actually had more graphics.
Specifically, I would have liked to have seen I didn't know much about semiotics before, so I have no idea if the text itself is accurate. Specifically, I would have liked to have seen a timeline to keep track of the historical development, maybe a map to show where different academics were based, a glossary for the jargon, maybe even a table that related the different theorists to each other.
After the 20th or so person showed up in a page book, they kind of started to blur together. I think graphic organizers would have helped me keep everything straight. In addition, this book is about 20 years old at this point - although that certainly isn't its fault, I don't know how well it has aged. I read this book over the course of a weekend. I thought it was superb. It is incredibly difficult to distill philosophy and I think Paul Cobley did a spectacular job.
I thought that the illustrations by Litza Jansz were helpful, particularly the charts and graphs. The drawings also allow your brain to take a breather before continuing on to the next concept. Prior to reading this book, I thought I had a cursory, at best , knowledge of semiotics.
However, I realized that semiotics intersects an I read this book over the course of a weekend. However, I realized that semiotics intersects and overlaps with the works of many philosophers, which was unexpected by me. In fact, semiotics' impact on our daily lives is tangible and many of the examples used by Cobley are relatable. The topic is not "easy," but the book is enormously helpful for someone who wants to begin reading the works of semiologists, but who needs some historical and theoretical context.
Apr 05, Geoff Lynas rated it liked it Shelves: how-to , challenge. The book introduces Semiotics. It is not an introduction to Semiotics.
Introducing Semiotics: A Graphic Guide
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A fascinating overview of semiotics - the study of systems of signs and symbols. Litsa Jansz is an acclaimed illustrator. Download cover. Why study signs? This perennial question of philosophy is answered by the science of semiotics. An animal's cry, poetry, the medical symptom, media messages, language disorders, architecture, marketing, body language - all these, and more, fall within the sphere of semiotics. Introducing Semiotics outlines the development of sign study from its classical precursors to contemporary post-structuralism.
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An excellent intro to semiotic theory. I keep coming back to it whenever I get confused about signifiers and signifieds Paul Cobley is the author of the book Introducing Semantics, a teaching guide which outlines the development of sign study. Introducing Semiotics.
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