UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

Dynamic instances of interaction: the performative function of iconicity in literary texts


Ljungberg, Christina (2010). Dynamic instances of interaction: the performative function of iconicity in literary texts. Sign Systems Studies, 38(1/4):270-297.

Abstract

Abstract
According to C.S. Peirce, resemblance or similarity is the basis for the relationship of iconic signs to their dynamical objects. But what is the basis of resemblance or similarity itself and how is the phenomenon of iconicity generated? How does it function in cultural practices and processes by which various forms of signs are generated (say, e.g., the cartographical procedures by which maps are drawn, more generally, the diagrammatic ones by which networks of relationships are iconically represented)? To what extent are they themselves performances (maps are always both the result of mappings and the impetus for re-mappings)? With examples from texts by as e.g., Virginia Woolf, W.G. Sebald and Reif Larsen, I will argue that literary texts provide us with unique resources for exploring, among other matters, the performative dimension of iconicity in the complex interaction among icon, index and symbol as a prerequisite for semiosis, the generation of signs.

Abstract
According to C.S. Peirce, resemblance or similarity is the basis for the relationship of iconic signs to their dynamical objects. But what is the basis of resemblance or similarity itself and how is the phenomenon of iconicity generated? How does it function in cultural practices and processes by which various forms of signs are generated (say, e.g., the cartographical procedures by which maps are drawn, more generally, the diagrammatic ones by which networks of relationships are iconically represented)? To what extent are they themselves performances (maps are always both the result of mappings and the impetus for re-mappings)? With examples from texts by as e.g., Virginia Woolf, W.G. Sebald and Reif Larsen, I will argue that literary texts provide us with unique resources for exploring, among other matters, the performative dimension of iconicity in the complex interaction among icon, index and symbol as a prerequisite for semiosis, the generation of signs.

Downloads

6 downloads since deposited on 24 Jan 2012
2 downloads since 12 months
Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:24 Jan 2012 14:13
Last Modified:08 May 2016 14:18
Publisher:Tartu University Press
ISSN:1406-4243
Related URLs:http://www.ceeol.com/aspx/publicationdetails.aspx?publicationId=7be1f66d-e23f-4307-b35b-19d2c2484380 (Publisher)
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-54192

Download

[img]
Content: Accepted Version
Filetype: PDF - Registered users only
Size: 809kB

TrendTerms

TrendTerms displays relevant terms of the abstract of this publication and related documents on a map. The terms and their relations were extracted from ZORA using word statistics. Their timelines are taken from ZORA as well. The bubble size of a term is proportional to the number of documents where the term occurs. Red, orange, yellow and green colors are used for terms that occur in the current document; red indicates high interlinkedness of a term with other terms, orange, yellow and green decreasing interlinkedness. Blue is used for terms that have a relation with the terms in this document, but occur in other documents.
You can navigate and zoom the map. Mouse-hovering a term displays its timeline, clicking it yields the associated documents.

Author Collaborations