A systemic-functional semiotics of art
O'Toole, M. (1990) A systemic-functional semiotics of art. Semiotica, 82 (3/4). pp. 185-209.
The visual arts should be a natural field for the application of semiotic models of analysis; and yet most discourse — whether published, pedagogical or popular — about art is still stuck in the well-worn grooves of art history, philosophical aesthetics, or attribution and market values. Attempts over the last ten years to invoke semiotics have mainly been confined to applying a raw Saussurean analysis — questionable even for verbal discourse — to visual texts, exploring the ramifications of Peirce's distinction between index, icon, and symbol in visual terms, or arguing about the nature of representation itself. The result has been a lot of theorizing, partial analysis, and a daunting density of new jargon.
|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Media, Communication and Culture|
|Publisher:||Walter de Gruyter|
|Copyright:||© Walter de Gruyter|
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