Barthes and Lotman: Ideology vs culture

  • Patrick Sériot University of Lausanne
Keywords: structuralism, Marxism, myth, semiotics

Abstract

Despite both being great names in semiotics, Roland Barthes and Juri Lotman have more differences than they share similarities – not only because of their different political and historico-cultural environments, but also because they do not have the same object of study: it is ‘ideology’ for Barthes, and ‘culture’ for Lotman. Thus, there is no intellectual common ground between them, yet comparing them can lead us to a more important question: what is semiotics, and what has structuralism to do with it?

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Published
2016-12-02
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