The 'Mirror Stage' of Semiotics

Dr Elissavet Evdoridou
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Semiotics as a theoretical but also experimental frame regards communication and thus the strategy of structuring meaning, indispensable to Humanities, and mostly to the way techniques - manipulative or not, informative or not - are used in a text.

There are several Italian Semioticians who have published books on Semiotic Theory, offering a great variety of information, from the very beginning of its formation, to the latest focus of research. So, the way each writer has decided to develop the theoretical material of his interest is usually relevant to the theory of genres, and more specifically it is in accordance with, either the way research-papers synthesize the knowledge, or in accordance with a rather educative and systematic way manuals offer knowledge.

Thus, this study approaches Paolo Fabbri’s book “La svolta semiotica” (i.e. "The turning point of Semiotics"), as a means to explore whether the utterances of a theoretical text can meet literarity and narrativity, at least as developed by Greimas, and if so, what projections can be found into the Semiotic of Passions and what the potential impact of such an approach may be. As for the “mirror stage”, it is examined in the connotative and the denotative way. The latter one refers to the methodology of the study, i.e. approaching the very book of semiotic theory through semiotic means, so that issues such as textuality, literarity, genres and sub-genres may reveal factors of textual multi-dimensionality.

Keywords: Semiotics, Literature
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies, Language, Linguistics
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: 'Mirror Stage' of Semiotics, The

Dr Elissavet Evdoridou

Instructor of Italian, University of Thessaly, University of Thessaly

Elissavet Evdoridou (email address: born in Athens, lives in Volos, Greece, and works for the University of Thessaly, as an Instructor of Italian - having also published the relevant Educational Material. She received the Ba degree in Italian Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece, 1987), the Masters degree in Italian Studies from Paris IV-Sorbonne University (France, 2001) and the Ph.D degree in Semiotic Analysis from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece, 2005). She is a member of the Hellenic Semiotic Society. She has participated in various national and international Congresses. Her research interests are in the broad area of Textual Analysis,having also included in her contributions,
studies on verbal texts and especially on the Italians Umberto Eco, Oriana Fallaci, Alessandro Manzoni, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Luigi Pirandello, whereas on non-verbal ones and more specifically on Europe.

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