General information

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


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 and Charles S. Peirce

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

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

Week 6: Structuralist and postsructuralist semiotics

Week 7: The problem of representation. Simulacrum and digitalization

Week 8: Analyzing structures. Visual Semiotics

Week 9: Rhetorical tropes. Metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche

Week 10: Codes, denotation and connotation

Week 11: Myth in modern culture. R. Barthes

Week 12: Textual interactions

Week 13: Mass communication and (anti-)consumerism in the light of semiotics

Week 14: Biosemiotics. Nature-culture entanglement in the light of semiotics

Week 15: Summary

Reading list

  1. Chandler, 2007. Semiotics. The basics, Routledge. Taylor&Francis Group, New York [available online].
  2. Leone, 2017. Welcome to Semiosistan!
  3. Uspienski, Y. Lotman, 1978. On the Semiotic Mechanism of Culture, New Literary History, The University of Virginia.
  4. Lotman, 2009. Culture and explosion, Ed. by Grishakova, Marina, Transl. by Clark, Wilma, De Gruyter Mouton.
  5. Lotman, 2001 [1990]. Universe of the Mind: a Semiotic Theory of Culture, London, New York: I. B. Tauris Publishers.
  6. Lotman, 2005 [1984]. On the semiosphere, “Sign Systems Studies” 33(1), 205-229.
  7. Baudrillard, 2001. Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, Seagull Books.
  8. Barthes, 1997. Mythologies, New York : Hill and Wang.
  9. Eco, Towards a Semiological Guerrilla Warfare, Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri-Bompiani, Sonzogno, Etos S.p.A.; English translation: 1986 by Harcourt, Inc.
  10. Maran, 2016. Biosemiotics. In J. Adamson, W. A. Gleason, D.N. Pellow (eds.) Keywords for Environmental Studies. NYU Press, 29-31.