CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY VI

CULTURAL SEMIOSIS
TRACING THE SIGNIFIER

Edited, with an Introduction, by Hugh J. Silverman
Routledge, 1998

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Tracing the cultural significance of the sign and, in particular, the signifier, this volume explores the impact of semiotics / semiology upon a wide range of interdisciplinary concerns, including art, literature, theater, film, psychoanalysis, linguistics, rhetoric, philosophy, history and politics. Emphasizing the "producing" of signs, the "signing" of cultural codes and the "enculturing" of language, the contributors to this volume - writing in the continental tradition of philosophy and theory - stress the role of semiosis rather than semiotics, the active over the objective, and the ongoing production of meaning in cultural understanding.

In the tradition of de Saussure and Peirce, CULTURAL SEMIOSIS: TRACING THE SIGNIFIER confronts contemporary issues facing the human sciences by examining the role and function of the signifier in various intellectual, aesthetic, and cultural practices. Highlighting semiosis as a theory and mode of communication (Eco), as semiological hermeneutics in post-metaphysical philosophy (Sini), as the subject in the signifying chain (Lacan), as the language of desire in psychoanalysis (Kristeva), as the production of codes in painting (Barthes), as the limiting of pictorial representation (Merleau-Ponty and Lyotard), as the displacement of the idea of women through the absence of mourning (Lacan's Hamlet), as the unspoken signification in the Chora (Kristeva), as the dissemination of naming through deferred identity (Eco on Film), as the functioning of the imaginary in the psychoanalytic event (Kristeva), as the ethical relation in the face-to-face encounter with the Other (Levinas), as the deconstructive play of tropes (Derrida), and as the spacing of knowledge and power in discursive practice (Foucault), this volume provides a unique contribution to the emerging field of cultural studies.

 


 

CONTENTS
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Introduction
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Hugh J. Silverman

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I. Theorizing the Sign
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1. Peter Carravetta

THE REASONS OF THE CODE:
READING ECO'S A THEORY OF SEMIOTICS

2. Alessandro Carrera

CONSEQUENCES OF UNLIMITED SEMIOSIS:
CARLO SINI'S METAPHYSICS OF THE SIGN
AND SEMIOLOGICAL HERMENEUTICS

3. Franšois Raffoul

LACAN AND THE EVENTUAL SUBJECT

4. Kelly Oliver

TRACING THE SIGNIFIER BEHIND THE SCENES OF DESIRE:
KRISTEVA'S CHALLENGE TO LACAN'S ANALYSIS

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II. Cultural Signifiers
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5. Stephanie Sage

ELIMINATING THE DISTANCE:
FROM BARTHES' ╔CRITURE-LECTURE TO ╔CRITURE-VUE

6. Mark Roberts

THE END(S) OF PICTORIAL REPRESENTATION:
MERLEAU-PONTY AND LYOTARD

7. Debra Bergoffen

MOURNING, WOMAN AND THE PHALLUS:
LACAN'S HAMLET

8. M. Alison Arnett

A METAPHOR OF THE UNSPOKEN:
KRISTEVA'S SEMIOTIC CHORA

9. Hugh J. Silverman

THE SIGN OF THE ROSE:
FILMING ECO

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III. Limits of Semiosis 
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10. Julia Kristeva

PSYCHOANALYSIS AND THE IMAGINARY

11. John Llewelyn

APPROACHES TO SEMIOETHICS

12. Michael Naas

STUMPING THE SUN:
TOWARD A POSTMETAPHORICS

13. Adi Ophir

THE CARTOGRAPHY OF KNOWLEDGE AND POWER:
FOUCAULT RECONSIDERED

 

Notes

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Selected Bibliography

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Contributors

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