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Main Title: Post-modernism, post-structuralism, post-semiotics? Sign theory at the fin de siècle
Author(s): Posner, Roland
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: The contribution describes the differences between modernism and postmodernism as historical periods of the twentieth century and establishes comparable differences between structuralism and post-structuralism as semiotic approaches. Like modernism, structuralism rejects traditional modes of thought, attempts to reconstruct academic disciplines on the basis of a few fundamental principles and strives to work with reconstructed terminologies and axioms. Like post-modernism, post-structuralism is characterized by the necessity of finding ways to continue research based on the fragmentary results left by structuralist projects. In the beginning of the twentieth century, structuralism itself had responded to materialism, atomism, historicism, and naturalism by introducing its own methodology built around the dichotomies of signified and signifier, paradigm and syntagm, synchrony and diachrony, langue and parole. Rather than rejecting this apparatus, post-structuralism explicated the paradoxes behind these dichotomies and tried to overcome them by under-mining the first concept of each pair. This change of perspective foregrounded the material, processual, and intertextual character of signs as well as the sense-producing function of interpretation. Rejecting rigidly fixed methods as well as general theories, and waiving the distinction between object-signs and meta-signs in favor of their joint reflection, post-structuralist semiotics became an alternative to conventional practices of academic sign analysis and now approaches the status of an art.
Issue Date: 2011
Date Available: 30-Nov-2017
DDC Class: 400 Sprache
410 Linguistik
Subject(s): contemporary semiotics
semiotic methodology
Journal Title: Semiotica
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publisher Place: Berlin [u.a.]
Volume: 2011
Issue: 183
Publisher DOI: 10.1515/semi.2011.002
Page Start: 9
Page End: 30
EISSN: 0037-1998
ISSN: 1613-3692
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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