A hundred introductions to semiotics, for a million students: Survey of semiotics textbooks and primers in the world

  • Kalevi Kull Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Olga Bogdanova Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Remo Gramigna Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Ott Heinapuu Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Eva Lepik Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Kati Lindström Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Riin Magnus Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Rauno Thomas Moss Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Maarja Ojamaa Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Tanel Pern Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Priit Põhjala Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Katre Pärn Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Kristi Raudmäe Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Tiit Remm Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Silvi Salupere Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Ene-Reet Soovik Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Renata Sõukand Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Morten Tønnessen Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
  • Katre Väli Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu
Keywords: history of semiotics, semiotics of education, literature on semiotics, teaching of semiotics

Abstract

In order to estimate the current situation of teaching materials available in the field of semiotics, we are providing a comparative overview and a worldwide bibliography of introductions and textbooks on general semiotics published within last 50 years, i.e. since the beginning of institutionalization of semiotics. In this category, we have found over 130 original books in 22 languages. Together with the translations of more than 20 of these titles, our bibliography includes publications in 32 languages. Comparing the authors, their theoretical backgrounds and the general frames of the discipline of semiotics in different decades since the 1960s makes it possible to describe a number of predominant tendencies. In the extensive bibliography thus compiled we also include separate lists for existing lexicons and readers of semiotics as additional material not covered in the main discussion. The publication frequency of new titles is growing, with a certain depression having occurred in the 1980s. A leading role of French, Russian and Italian works is demonstrated.

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Published
2015-11-30
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