Parallels, Interactions, and Illuminations: Traversing Chinese and Western Theories of the Sign

by Ersu Ding

© 2010

The first major work in Sino-Western comparative semiotics, Parallels, Interactions, and Illuminations is a trans-disciplinary and intercultural effort that makes intellectual connections not only across such diverse academic fields as epistemology, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, and cultural studies but also between Chinese and Western theories of the sign in the conviction that they can shed light on one another.

In this groundbreaking work, Ersu Ding studies two traditions of semiotic realism, represented by Plato and Husserl in the West and by Mo Zi and Ouyang Jian in China. They share two fundamental assumptions with regard to meaning: that there exist ultimate qualities of things and states of affairs in the extrasemiotic world and that the meanings of words or other types of sign are derivatives of these essentials. A pioneering work that remains extraordinarily accessible, Parallels, Interactions, and Illuminations explores a wide range of issues, including inter-subjective negotiation of meaning, the relationship between metaphor and culture, and the production and dissemination of myths.

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  • Series: Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication
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  • Page Count: 216 pages
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The first major work in Sino-Western comparative semiotics, Parallels, Interactions, and Illuminations is a trans-disciplinary and intercultural effort that makes intellectual connections not only across diverse academic fields but also between Chinese and Western theories of the sign.

Parallels, Interactions, and Illuminations: Traversing Chinese and Western Theories of the Sign

by Ersu Ding

© 2010

The first major work in Sino-Western comparative semiotics, Parallels, Interactions, and Illuminations is a trans-disciplinary and intercultural effort that makes intellectual connections not only across such diverse academic fields as epistemology, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, and cultural studies but also between Chinese and Western theories of the sign in the conviction that they can shed light on one another.

In this groundbreaking work, Ersu Ding studies two traditions of semiotic realism, represented by Plato and Husserl in the West and by Mo Zi and Ouyang Jian in China. They share two fundamental assumptions with regard to meaning: that there exist ultimate qualities of things and states of affairs in the extrasemiotic world and that the meanings of words or other types of sign are derivatives of these essentials. A pioneering work that remains extraordinarily accessible, Parallels, Interactions, and Illuminations explores a wide range of issues, including inter-subjective negotiation of meaning, the relationship between metaphor and culture, and the production and dissemination of myths.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 0.8in x 9.4in
  • Reviews

    'Parallels, Interactions, and Illuminations is a major advance in state-of-the-art research, offering an excellent comparison of Chinese and Western theories of semiotic criticism. Ersu Ding's credentials as both a linguist and a literary critic in the semiotic tradition are first-rate, and this book illustrates a thorough knowledge of communicology research currents in both parts of the world. No other author has covered topics such as egocentric versus sociocentric societies with such cross-cultural insight.'
    Richard L. Lanigan, Executive Director and Fellow, International Communicology Institute, Washington, DC

    'Parallels, Interactions, and Illuminations provides an important Sino-Western perspective on semiotics and signs and will be especially valuable for semioticians who seek to understand the Chinese frame of reference.'
    Frank Nuessel, Department of Modern Languages, University of Louisville
  • Author Information

    Ersu Ding is a professor in the Department of English at Lingnan University.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of Figures and Tables
    Meaning of Symbols and Orthographic Conventions

    Introduction

    1. The Platonic Triad and Its Chinese Counterpart
    2. Ontological Realism under Fire
    3. The Return of the Subject(s)
    4. The Peircean Trichotomy
    5. The Poetic Logic
    6. Metaphor and Culture
    7. Myth Making and Its Socio-Economic Functions

    Epilogue: Semiotics as an Interdisciplinary Enterprise

    Technical Glossary
    Biographical Sketches
    Notes
    Cited Works and General Bibliography
    Index

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