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Universe of the mind : a semiotic theory of culture

Author: I︠U︡ M Lotman
Publisher: London : Tauris, 1990.
Series: Second world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Attempts to define intelligence through the use of semiotics and, thereby, to arrive at a universal theory of human culture. The book is divided into three sections which deal with text, culture and  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: I︠U︡ M Lotman
ISBN: 1850432120 9781850432128
OCLC Number: 21227223
Notes: Includes index.
Translated from the Russian.
Description: xiii, 256 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction by Umberto Eco. Preface. Notes to Preface. PART ONE: THE TEXT AS A MEANING-GENERATING MECHANISM. 1. Three functions of the text. 2. Autocommunication: 'I' and 'Other' as addressees. 3. Rhetoric as a mechanism for meaning-generation. 4. Iconic rhetoric. 5. The text as process of movement: author to audience, author to text. 6. The symbol as plot-gene. 7. The symbol in the cultural system. Notes to Part One. PART TWO: THE SEMIOSPHERE. 8. Semiotic space. 9. The notion of boundary. 10. Dialogue mechanisms. 11. The semiosphere and the problem of plot. 12. Symbolic spices. 1. Geographical space in Russian medieval texts. 2. The journey of Ulysses in Dante's Divine Comedy. 3. The 'home' in Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. 4. The.symbolism of St Petersburg. 13. Some conclusions. Notes to Part Two. PART THREE: CULTURAL MEMORY, HISTORY AND SEMIOTICS. 14. The problem of the historical fact 15.Historical laws and the structure of the text 16. An alternative: culture without literacy or culture before culture?. 17. The role of typological symbols in the history of culture. 18. Can there be a science of history and what are its functions in the cultural system?. 19. Conclusion. Notes to Part Three.
Series Title: Second world.
Responsibility: Yuri M. Lotman ; translated by Ann Shukman ; introduction by Umberto Eco.

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