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What Is Semiology?

Semiology therefore aims to take in any system of signs, whatever their substance and limits; images, gestures, musical sounds, objects, and the complex associations of all these, which form the content of ritual, convention or public entertainment: these constitute, if not languages, at least systems of signification.

Roland Barthes, Elements of Semiology (1964)

Notes:
If all these things are signs, if the gestures and objects of our everyday are full of content, then they can be read and interpreted and, as Barthes has done, opened with critique. Semiology, for me, opens the door for the intersection of literary and cultural criticism. The possibilities there are exciting.

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