SIGN AND SYMBOL IN THE INTERPRETATION OF THE DREAM

Posted On Dec 11 2017 by

My paper approaches Carl Gustav Jung’s psychoanalytical perspective on the phenomenon of dreaming and on dream’s interpretation. Preparing the theoretical context, we will first identify the main criteria to distinguish between sign and symbol, as well as the limits of other approaches of the topic. My goal is to discover the most fruitful perspective on studying the dream, in order to highlight more elements belonging to human unconscious, as this enterprise could help us know ourselves better as human beings. Afterwards, we will present some considerations about the cultural correspondences that the interpretation of this phenomenon of dreaming could help …


THE SEMANTICS AND SEMIOTICS OF SHARPENING A SPADE: A POSSIBLE EXPLANATION OF CARROLL’S THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK, LINE 273

Posted On Dec 11 2017 by

When the crew of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark is making preparations for seeking that impossible creature, we read that “the Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade”. This action is so outlandish that the editor and commentator Martin Gardner remarks ad locum: “Why in the world were they sharpening a spade?” (Gardner 2006: 44.) The main objective of this article is to answer this question posed by Gardner. To achieve this, we will perform a philological analysis of any possible locus similis throughout Carroll’s works, and we will study all matches we will find in the …


SIGNIFYING WITHIN AND BEYOND BORDERS: TRAVEL WRITING

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

This paper focuses on a long ignored signifying practice, travel writing, and aims at investigating the complex relations between writing and travel. The paper first emphasises the extrinsic relations between travel and writing as social and cultural signifying practices and subsequently analyses the intrinsic connections between travel and writing as mutually reflective processes of signification within and beyond literal and conceptual borders, with a view to highlighting the semiotic mechanism by which travel writing represents the world and itself.


CONSTRUCTIVIST EPISTEMOLOGY AND THE SEMIOTIC NATURE OF IDENTITY FORMATION

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The focus of this paper is on the epistemological, i.e., ontological and gnoseological, assessment of constructivism seen from the viewpoint of its applicableness to the context of human identity. Types of constructivism, such as personal, social, and radical scientific constructivism, constitute here the subject matter. Likewise, types of identities, such as individual and collective or ego- and group-specific, considered against the background of biological and cultural, and other identities, create the investigative perspective of our presentation. Accordingly, its material source comprises a selection of theoretical and applied works on the scientific aspects of constructivism and human identity in an ordering …


THE INTRIGUING ICONIC SIGN

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The narrator in a text is the organizing other. Interpreting the narrator is therefore articulating an aspect of one’s identity. If an interpreter perceives a textual situation as non-mediated by a narrator, she perceives the situation as either objectively there, or as entirely a construct of her subjectivity, the modernistic split. In this paper, an argument is developed that the dominant narrative structures in our world of moving pictures show a strong iconic dominancy. This dominancy seduces the interpreter to neglect the indexical and symbolic in her interpretation, that is to neglect the relation with her experience and socialization, which …


CONSTRUCTIVIST EPISTEMOLOGY AND THE SEMIOTIC NATURE OF IDENTITY FORMATION

Posted On Oct 14 2011 by

The focus of this paper is on the epistemological, i.e., ontological and gnoseological, assessment of constructivism seen from the viewpoint of its applicableness to the context of human identity. Types of constructivism, such as personal, social, and radical scientific constructivism, constitute here the subject matter. Likewise, types of identities, such as individual and collective or ego- and group-specific, considered against the background of biological and cultural, and other identities, create the investigative perspective of our presentation. Accordingly, its material source comprises a selection of theoretical and applied works on the scientific aspects of constructivism and human identity in an ordering …


THE INTRIGUING ICONIC SIGN

Posted On Oct 14 2011 by

The narrator in a text is the organizing other. Interpreting the narrator is therefore articulating an aspect of one’s identity. If an interpreter perceives a textual situation as non-mediated by a narrator, she perceives the situation as either objectively there, or as entirely a construct of her subjectivity, the modernistic split. In this paper, an argument is developed that the dominant narrative structures in our world of moving pictures show a strong iconic dominancy. This dominancy seduces the interpreter to neglect the indexical and symbolic in her interpretation, that is to neglect the relation with her experience and socialization, which …