Cobley, Paul ORCID: (2016) Semiotics. In: The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. Jensen, Klaus Bruhn, Rothenbuhler, Eric W., Pooley, Jefferson D. and Craig, Robert T., eds. The Wiley Blackwell-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication . John Wiley & Sons, Chichester. ISBN 9781118290736. [Book Section] (doi:10.1002/9781118766804.wbiect146)

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This entry outlines some of the ways semiotics is defined and considers some of the narratives into which semiotics has been fitted, even within communication theory. It discusses the domain of semiotics, the constitution of the sign, the ideas of ‘code’ and ‘text’ and the relation of semiotics to the ‘textual’ turn that still wields influence in media studies. It shows how semiotics has been inflected sometimes in a misleading fashion while also attempting to demonstrate that the semiotic project can be grasped by a focus on the task of illustrating the complex and fluctuating relations which expose the gap between ‘illusion’ and ‘reality’.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: 4 Volume Set
Keywords (uncontrolled): semiotics, illusion, reality, code, text
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 17672
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Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 13:12
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