From July 6-10 of 1992 a group of scholars from around the world convened in a seminar of the same title as Thomas A. Sebeok's then recently published book, Semiotics in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press). The seminar was sponsored by the Universitä degli Studi di Urbino Centro Internazionale di Semiotica e di Linguistica, under the direction of Pino Paioni. Semiotics in the United States is a strange book, and the seminar opened with a lengthy exposition by Sebeok, in effect, of the reasons for its strangeness. This address laid bare the principal difficulties its author had to face in writing the book, beginning with the problem of a conceivable rationale for speaking of an international intellectual movement under what could be construed as a chauvinistic title. Thus Sebeok presented to a fascinated audience a virtual Prolegomenon which cast his book in a rich new light, constituting what will probably come to be regarded as an indispensable preamble to future readings of the book itself. In any event, by the time the opening remarks were completed, it was abundantly clear that the United States was a kind of metaphor for a permeable membrane facilitating, like Sebeok
Semiotica - Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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