Culture and Explosion

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Walter de Gruyter, Sep 4, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 234 pages

Culture and Explosion, now appearing in English for the very first time, is the final book written by the legendary semiotician Juri Lotman. Originally published in Russian in 1992, a year before Lotman's death, the volume puts forth a fundamental theory: the semiotics of culture. Proceeding from a model of communication, Lotman extends the work of the renowned Tartu-Moscow school that he founded, showing not only how culture can be observed and described, but also how it can be governed and guided. In fact, as Lotman demonstrates with copious examples, the modelling system of culture has an immeasurably strong influence on the way that humans experience "reality". As usual, Lotman's erudition is brought to bear on the theory of culture, and the book comprises a host of well-chosen illustrations from history, literature, art and right across the humanities.

The book is of interest to students and researchers in semiotics, cultural/literary studies and Russian studies, as well as anyone with an interest in understanding contemporary intellectual life.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Statement of the problem
1
Chapter 2 A monolingual system
4
Chapter 3 Gradual progress
7
Chapter 4 Continuity and discontinuity
12
Chapter 5 Semantic intersection as the explosion of meanings Inspiration
19
Chapter 6 Thinking reed
25
Chapter 7 The world of proper names
30
Chapter 8 The fool and the madman
38
Chapter 13 Internal structures and external influences
133
Chapter 14 Two forms of dynamic
138
Chapter 15 The dream a semiotic window
142
Chapter 16 I and I
147
Chapter 17 The phenomenon of art
150
Chapter 18 The end How sonorous is this word
160
Chapter 19 Perspectives
166
Chapter 20 In place of conclusions
172

Chapter 9 The text within the text inset chapter
65
Chapter 10 Inverse image
78
Chapter 11 The logic of explosion
114
Chapter 12 The moment of unpredictability
123
J Lotman and the TartuMoscow School in the 198090s
175
Backmatter
189
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Juri Lotman (†); Marina Grishakova, University of Tartu, Estonia; Wilma Clark, London Knowledge Lab, UK.