Professor Alice Jardine


Comparative Literature 181:
Fall 1988
Introduction to Semiotics


21 September:Introductions: Formal Systems
28 September:Final Introductions: Signs of History

and begin

SEMIOTICS AND LINGUISTICS

*Saussure, Course in General Linguistics
(The Anagrammes)

5 October:Peirce--Selections
Benveniste, "The Nature of the Linguistic Sign" and "Saussure After Half A Century" in Problems in General Linguistics
Recommended Reading: Kristeva, "The Ethics of Linguistics"
Starobinski, Les Mots sous les Mots
Kristeva, "The Speaking Subject and the Predicative Function"
Derrida, "The Supplement of Copula"


SEMIOTICS AND POETICS

12 October:Formalism: Roman Jakobson, "Linguistics and Poetics"
"Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Aphasic Disturbances"
"Coup D'Oeil sur le développement de la sémictique" (optional) and
Lévi-Strauss, "Charles Baudelaire's 'Les Chats'"
Recommended Reading:Victor Erlich, Russian Formalism
Fredric Jameson, The Prison-House of Language
19 October:Roland Barthes: *S/Z
"Myth Today" in Mythologies
Recommended Reading:Elements of Semiology
26 October: Two Out of Four:
Riffaterre: Selections (The Semiotics of Poetry)
"Describing Poetic Structures: Two Approaches to Baudelaire's 'Les Chats'"
Todorov: Selections (The Poetics of Prose) "The Birth of Occidental Semiotics" "Perspectives Sémiologiques"
Greimas: Selections (Structural Semantics)
Genette: Selections (Narrative Discourse)
Recommended Reading: Paul de Man: "Semiology and Rhetoric"


SEMIOTICS AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

2 November: Freud, "The Dream Work" (Chap. 6, The Interpretation of Dreams)
Lacan, "The Insistence of the Letter in the Unconscious"
Introduction to Semiotics
Semiotics and Psychoanalysis, continued
Recommended Reading: Kaja Silverman, The Subject of Semiotics
Anthony Wilden, System and Structure: Essays in Communication and Exchange
9 November:Continue reading Lacan and begin


SEMIOTICS AND PHILOSOPHY

  Derrida, "Semiology and Grammatology" "Différance"
16 November:Deleuze: Selections (Proust and Signs)
Recommended Reading:Derrida, essays from Writing and Difference
Deleuze, "Sur Quelques Régimes de Signes"
Goux, "L'Inconscient at historie" in Economie at Symbolique

and begin

SEMIOTICS AND CULTURAL CRITICISMS

Marxist Critique: Coward and Ellis, "Marxism, Language and Ideology"
"The Critique of the Sign"
23 November: Socio-Semiotic Critique:Baudrillard, Selections
Kristeva, Selections
  Feminist Critique:Kristeva, "Motherhood According to Bellini"
Mulvey, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema"
Scholes, "Uncoding Mama"
30 November:Foucault: *This Is Not A Pipe
Preface to The Order of Things
Recommended Reading: Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory
Kristeva, Desire to Language
Yuri Lotman, The Structure of the Artistic Text
V. Volosinov, Marxism and the Philosophy of Language
Foucault, The Order of Discourse
and begin

SEMIOTICS AND CINEMA

C. Metz, "Semiotics of Cinema"

7 December:K. Silverman, "Suture"
Recommended Reading:"Cinema Semiotics and the Work of Metz" in Screen
Issues of Camera Obscura
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
Teresa de Lauretis, Alice Doesn't
Deleuze, Cinema I Movement-Images
14 December:General Discussion

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