Barthes and Lotman: Ideology vs culture

Patrick Sériot

Abstract


Despite both being great names in semiotics, Roland Barthes and Juri Lotman have more differences than they share similarities – not only because of their different political and historico-cultural environments, but also because they do not have the same object of study: it is ‘ideology’ for Barthes, and ‘culture’ for Lotman. Thus, there is no intellectual common ground between them, yet comparing them can lead us to a more important question: what is semiotics, and what has structuralism to do with it?

Keywords


structuralism; Marxism; myth; semiotics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2016.44.3.05





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