Introduction: Semiotics and history revisited

  • Marek Tamm School of Humanities Tallinn University Uus-Sadama 5, Tallinn 10120
Keywords: Juri Lotman, Boris Uspenskij, Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics, semiotics of history, historical semiotics


The introductory article proposes to offer a general frame for the special issue, discussing the emergence of semiotics of history as a new discipline or approach in the humanities. It presents an overview on the attempts of joining the history and semiotics in the Western world since the early 1980s, with a special focus on the United States, and examines the contribution of the Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics to the semiotic study of history, paying the main attention to the work of Juri Lotman and Boris Uspenskij. Finally, a survey of the articles that make up the special issue dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Boris Uspenskij is presented.


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Tamm, M. (2017). Introduction: Semiotics and history revisited. Sign Systems Studies, 45(3/4), 211-229.