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The Soviet Empire of Signs: A History of the Tartu School of Semiotics

by Maxim Waldstein

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This book reads like a dissertation, especially in that you would think it never passed the gaze of an editor. The author is Russian and the publishing house is German; at no point in the publication process did anyone convert the text into idiomatic English. There are also an embarrassing number of ordinary typos and quite a few stylistic gaffes. Combined with the painfully tiny font, these problems make the book unnecessarily difficult to read. Some sentences, however, are really fun to recite to yourself in a thick Russian accent.

The organization of the book struck me as poor, but I will still give it decent marks for being insightful and interesting. Waldstein examines the work of the Tartu School (primarily the scholarship of Yuri Lotman) in the context of Soviet scholarship, of different threads of structuralism/semiotics, and of historical approaches such as Foucault's. It is very useful for formulating a sense of the Tartu School's place in world scholarship rather than just appreciating it as an isolated phenomenon. The author has a strong theoretical background in the sociology of science/scholarly research as well as a good grasp of literary theory. ( )
  breadhat | Jul 23, 2013 |
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