Semiotics - Selected Sources

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Dictionaries & Bibliographies

Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers: From Structuralism to Postmodernity
Lechte, John. 2nd Ed.

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.

B804 .L32 2008


Concise dictionary of popular culture.
Danesi, Marcel.

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

HM621 .D355 2017


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

P87.5 .E57 2013


Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies
Watson, James and Anne Hill. 7th Ed.

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

P87.5 .W3 2006


Understanding Media: the Extensions of Man
Mc Luhan, Marshall
Glossary of Semiotics
Colapietro, Vincent Michael

P99 .C569 1993


Encyclopedia of Semiotics
Ed. Paul Bouissac

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

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

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.

P99 .E65 2010


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.

P99 .G6813 1982


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.

P99 .N6513 1990


The Routledge Companion to Semiotics
Ed. Paul Cobley
A Sign is Just a Sign
Sebeok, Thomas Albert
Frederik Stjernfelt and Peer J. Bundgaard. (4 vols.) Eds.
Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics
Sebeok, Thomas A

P99 .S346


Mark Gottdiener, Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou & Alexandros Ph. 4v. Eds.

P99 .S387 2003


Semiotics of Theatre and Drama
Elam, Keir
Dictionary of Semiotics.
Bronwen, Martin.

PR99 .M357 2000


Continental philosophy in the 20th century (Vol. 8 of Routledge history of philosophy)
Ed. Richard Carney

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

B804 .T884 2003

(Vic Stacks)

Dictionary of digital pictograms and glossary for internet use and portable telephones
Martin, Marcienne

P99 .M369 2018

(Vic Ref)

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
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
3rd 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
Semiotic Landscapes: Language, Image, Space
Adam Jaworski and Crispin Thurlow , Eds.
The Objects of Affection: Semiotics and Consumer Culture
Berger, Arthur Asa
The Objects of Affection: Semiotics and Consumer Culture
Berger, Arthur Asa
From the Tree to the Labyrinth : historical studies on the sign and interpretation
Umberto Eco ; translated by Anthony Oldcorn


The Semiotics of emoji
Danesi, Marcel

P99 .D383 2017

(Vic Stacks)

Cultural techniques : grids, filters, doors, and other articulations of the real
Siegert, Bernhard

P94.6 .S53 2015

(Vic Stacks)

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.