Semiotics - Selected Sources

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Dictionaries & Bibliographies

Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers: From Structuralism to Postmodernity
Lechte, John

Sections include: Early Structuralism; Structuralism; Structural History; Post-Structuralist Thought; Semiotics; Seccnd Generation Feminism; Post-Marxism; Modernity; and Postmodernity - each including major theorists in the area.

Continental Philosophy in the 20th Century (Vol. VIII of the Routledge History of Philosophy).
Ed. Richard Kearney.

See, particularly, Chapter 11 (French structuralism and after: de Saussure, Lévi-Strauss, Barthes, Lacan, Foucault) and Chapter 12 (French feminist philosophy: de Beauvoir, Kristeva, Irigaray, Le Doeuff, Cixous).

Concise dictionary of popular culture.
Danesi, Marcel.

Covers the theories, media forms, fads, celebrities and icons, genres, and terms of popular culture.

Dictionary of Media and Communications
Danesi, Marcel

Definitions and explanations with some examples of how the terms are used and background history on the origins and development of related concepts, including photographs, line drawings and diagrams.

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, Media, and Communications
Danesi, Marcel

Definitions of key terms in semiotics and media and communication studies: short entries on major figures and ideas in these fields. Contains an index and an extensive bibliography.

Encyclopedia of Media and Communication
Danesi, Marcel, Ed
Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies
Watson, James and Anne Hill

Dictionary of terms and concepts, thoroughly updated to take account of recent far-reaching changes in media policy.

Understanding Media: the Extensions of Man
Mc Luhan, Marshall
Glossary of Semiotics
Colapietro, Vincent Michael
Encyclopedia of Semiotics
Ed. Paul Bouissac

Signed entries on important figures, ideas and concepts in semiotics. Bibliographies accompany entries.

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics
3 vols. Ed. Thomas A. Sebeok and Marcel Danesi

Detailed entries on topics and theorists in semiotics. Vols. 1 and 2 contain entries, vol. 3 contains bibliographies of books, book chapters, and articles written by various authors. Note the 1986 publishing date when consulting the bibliographies.

Semiotics and Language: An Analytical Dictionary.
Greimas, A.J. and J. Courts.

"[A] systematic presentation, in the form of concise and up-to-date reflections, of all aspects of language in its very broadest sense, as semiotic system(s) and/or processes" (from the preface). The book synthesizes work in semiotics by exploring the meaning(s) and uses of terminology and theories throughout the history of semiotics by including a system of taxonomy and cross-references.

Handbook of Semiotics
Nöth, Winfred

This handbook includes introductions to many areas within semiotics (e.g. Nonverbal Communication; Text Semiotics) and key concepts within those areas.

The Routledge Companion to Semiotics
Ed. Paul Cobley
A Sign is Just a Sign
Sebeok, Thomas Albert
Eds. Frederik Stjernfelt and Peer J. Bundgaard
Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics
Sebeok, Thomas A

P99 .S346


The Routledge Companion to Semiotics and Linguistics
Ed. Paul Cobley
Semiotics of Religion: Signs of the Sacred in History
Yelle, Robert A
Eds. Mark Gottdiener, Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou & Alexandros Ph
Semiotics of Theatre and Drama
Elam, Keir
Dictionary of Semiotics.
Bronwen, Martin.
Bibliography of Semiotics, 1975-1985
Eschbach, Achim and Victoria Eschbach-Szab

Lists books and articles from 693 perodicals published in, or related to the field of, semiotics. An extensive subject/name index provides access to the lisings.

Introductory Works

Works By or About Particular Authors

  • To search for works by a particular author (e.g. Saussure), do an author search in the catalogue under that author's name.
  • To search for works about a particular author (e.g. Barthes), do a subject search in the catalogue under that author's name.
What Objects Mean: An Introduction to Material Culture
Berger, Arthur
Postmodern Semiotics: Material Culture and the Forms of Postmodern Life
Gottdiener, Mark
The semiotics of Emoji
Danesi, Marcel

Studies what is officially the world's fastest-growing form of communication.

Pictograms, Icons and Signs: a Guide to Information Graphics
Abdullah, Rayan and Roger Hübner
The Primacy of Semiosis: an Ontology of Relations
Paul Bains
Semiotics: The Basics
Chandler, Daniel
Visible Signs: an introduction to semiotics in the visual arts
Crow, David
Language and Materialism: Developments in Semiology and the Theory of the Subject
Coward, Rosalind & John Ellis

P99 .C7


Analyzing Cultures: An Introduction and Handbook
Danesi, Marcel
Messages and Meanings: An Introduction to Semiotics
Danesi, Marcel. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press.
Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and other Interesting Things: An Introduction to Semiotics
2nd Ed. Danesi, Marcel
Basics of Semiotics
Deely, John
This Means This, This Means That: A User’s Guide to Semiotics
2nd Ed. Hall, Sean
The Sign in Theory and Practice: An Introductory Reader in Semiotics
Danesi, Marcel & Donato Santeramo
Processing Cultural Meaning
Merrell, Floyd


Semiotic Landscapes: Language, Image, Space
Adam Jaworski and Crispin Thurlow , Eds.
The Objects of Affection: Semiotics and Consumer Culture
Berger, Arthur Asa
A Rhetoric of Style
Brummett, Barry
The Objects of Affection: Semiotics and Consumer Culture
Berger, Arthur Asa
Social Semiotics
Hodge, Robert & Gunther Kress
Semiotics at the Circus
Bouissac, Paul
Interpreting Advertisements: a Semiotic Guide
Danesi, Marcel
Introduction to Peircean Visual Semiotics
Jappy, Tony


The Semiotics of Clowns and Clowning: rituals of transgression and the theory of laughter
Boiussac, Paul
Victoria Welby and the Science of Signs: significs, semiotics, philosophy of language

P99.3 .P48 2014


Stuff Theory: everyday objects, radical materialism
Boscagli, Maurizia
From the Tree to the Labyrinth : historical studies on the sign and interpretation
Umberto Eco ; translated by Anthony Oldcorn


The Self as a Sign, the World, and the Other: living semiotics
Petrilli, Susan

Electronic Books

Introducing Social Semiotics
Essential Readings in Biosemiotics: Anthology and Commentary
Cinema and Semiotic: Peirce and film aesthetics, narration, and representation
The texture of culture: an introduction to Yuri Lotman's semiotic theory
Semenenko, Aleksei.

H. C. Artmann's structuralist imagination: A semiotic study of his aesthetic and postmodernity (Austria).
Religious conversion and identity : the semiotic analysis of texts
Literary discourse: a semiotic-pragmatic approach to literature
Semiotic insights: the data do the talking
The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama.
Elam, Keir.
Essential Readings in Biosemiotics: anthology and commentary
Favareau, Donald.
Semiotics in the Best of the Web Directory
Open Semiotics Resource Center
Holdcroft, David.
Saussure: Signs, System and Arbitrariness.
Peirce and Biosemiotics : A Guess at the Riddle of Life .
Romanini, Vinicius.

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