General information

Course type AMUPIE
Language EN
Module lecturer Dr Katarzyna Machtyl
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 30


Classes are held on Mondays, starting from 27th Feb, 11:30 AM, room 307 (2nd floor) building D, Fauculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Szamarzewskiego st. 89, Poznań.

The first class (i.e. on Monday 27th Feb. 2023) will be the introductory one.

Module aim (aims)

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Week 1: Introductory class

Week 2: Introduction to semiotics

Week 3: The history of semiotics. Ferdinand de Saussure (semiology) and Charles S. Peirce (semiotics)

Week 4: Semiotics of culture. Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School

Week 5: Dynamism, explosion, semiosphere. Semiotics of late Yuri Lotman

Week 6: Symbol

Week 7: Structuralist and postsructuralist semiotics

Week 8: The problem of representation – signs and things. Simulacrum and digitalization

Week 9: Analyzing structures I.

Week 10: Analyzing structures II. Visual Semiotics

Week 11: Rhetorical tropes. Metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche

Week 12: Codes, denotation and connotation

Week 13: Myth in modern culture. R. Barthes

Week 14: Textual interactions. Intertextuality

Week 15: Summary

Reading list

D. Chandler, Semiotics. The Basics, Routledge 2002; D. Chandler, 2007. Semiotics. The basics, Routledge. Taylor&Francis Group, New York [available online]; D. Chandler, Semiotics – the basics, 4th edition, Routledge 2022 - the newest edition.

M. Leone, 2017. Welcome to Semiosistan!

B. Uspienski, Y. Lotman, 1978. On the Semiotic Mechanism of Culture, New Literary History, The University of Virginia.

Y. Lotman, 2009. Culture and explosion, Ed. by Grishakova, Marina, Transl. by Clark, Wilma, De Gruyter Mouton.

Y. Lotman, 2001 [1990]. Universe of the Mind: a Semiotic Theory of Culture, London, New York: I. B. Tauris Publishers.

Y. Lotman, 2005 [1984]. On the semiosphere, “Sign Systems Studies” 33(1), 205-229.

R. Posner, 2011. Post-modernism, post-structuralism, post-semiotics? Sign theory at the fin de siècle, „Semiotica” 183–1/4, 9–30.

J. Baudrillard, 2001. Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, Seagull Books.

R. Barthes, 1997. Mythologies, New York : Hill and Wang.