Fundamentals of Story Logic

Introduction to Greimassian semiotics

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Drawing largely on Propp's and Greimas' work on the narrative, this book is aimed at consolidating and extending their views through a series of concrete applications. The volume offers a critical examination of narrative structure in terms of its two basic syntactic units or sets of operations, namely the &#8220;eventual or dynamic configurations corresponding to communication or to contract or, more general, to the structure of exchange.&#8221; Because of the emphasis it lays on the logical frame underlying the syntagmatic dimension of the story, the book contributes to an integrated descriptive model deliberately centered on &#8220;narrative semiotics as a branch of descriptive poetics.&#8221; The discussion of value in its social and legal context brings to light the links between the theory of narrative and its anthropological sources. This book shows that a strict concern with story logic requires a reevaluation of the basic premises of semiotic theory and raises important epistemological questions about its evolution.<br />

Subjects: Semiotics; Semiotics; Semantics

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