Die Landschaft der Zeichen : eine semiotische Analyse von W. G. Sebalds "Die Ringe des Saturn"

The Landscape of Signs : a semiotic analysis of W. G. Sebald’s "The Rings of Saturn"

  • W. G. Sebald's "The Rings of Saturn" resists genre classification: Neither novel nor mere travel literature, it combines report with fiction, historical anecdotes with melancholy musings, explanations of economic and political facts with accounts of personal anxieties. This vast material, however, is joined by a semiotic regard, a way of looking at the world attentive on signs and their use. Hence, some of the far-ranging narratives, observations and reflections, often barely connected by associations of the narrator, can be systematically linked by a semiotic methodology. In this article, semiotic categories like index, icon and symbol, encoding, decoding and recoding, change of meaning and pattern recognition are applied to different levels of the text. The semiotic approach thus integrates the disparate episodes in "The Rings of Saturn", revealing them as being linked by their interest in signs and signification. In this way, semiotics proves itself as a method for literary studies.

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Author:Martin Siefkes
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2010/02/19
Year of first Publication:2009
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/02/19
GND Keyword:Sebald; Winfried G. / Die Ringe des Saturn; Literatursemiotik
Source:http://www.phin.de/phin49/p49i.htm ; (in:) Philologie im Netz (PhiN), 49, 2009, S. 56-83
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
Germanistik / GindokWeimar
BDSL-Klassifikation:18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) / BDSL-Klassifikation: 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.14.00 Zu einzelnen Autoren
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht