1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Semiotics

Edited By Paul Cobley Copyright 2010
    420 Pages
    by Routledge

    420 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Semiotics provides the ideal introduction to semiotics, containing engaging essays from an impressive range of international leaders in the field.

    Topics covered include:

    • the history, development, and uses of semiotics
    • key theorists, including Saussure, Peirce and Sebeok
    • crucial and contemporary topics such as biosemiotics, sociosemiotics and semioethics
    • the semiotics of media and culture, nature and cognition.

    Featuring an extended glossary of key terms and thinkers as well as suggestions for further reading, this is an invaluable reference guide for students of semiotics at all levels.

    Understanding Semiosis.  Ancient Semiotics.  Semiotics of Nature.  Umwelt and Modelling.  Logic and Cognition.  Realism and Epistemology.  Pierce, Phenomenology and Semiotics.  The Saussurean Heritage.  Sociosemiotics.  Semiotics of Media and Culture.  Semioethics


    Paul Cobley is Reader in Communications at London Metropolitan University. His previous publications include Introducing Semiotics and Narrative (Routledge, 2001).

    'This ambitious companion presents a comprehensive picture of the lineage, present state, and future directions of the field of semiotics... This volume is bound to provoke deep engagement with semiotics, the study of the difference between illusion and reality. Summing Up: Highly recommended.'CHOICE, February 2010

    '... the present review cannot conclude but by emphasizing the importance of Paul Cobley's work, his almost heroic ability of trying to offer a synthesis of the very various and very rapidly changing present-day semiotic panorama, and the efficacy of this volume as a portolan for the student as well as for the advanced researcher of semiotics.  The Routledge Companion to Semiotics will be a must in the library of every respectable semiotician.' - Massimo Leone, University of Torino