‘Dissident’: a brief note
Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature
When Raymond Williams used the term ‘historical semiotics’ as a way of describing what was (and is) more usually known as cultural materialism – defined as ‘the analysis of all forms of signification . . . within the actual means and conditions of their production’ – he coined an unusual phrase.1 Its likely origin lies in a desire to distance his own mode of linguistic analysis from the established paradigms of historical semantics (the study of past fixed meanings) and structuralist semiotics (with its focus on static meanings in the present).
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CROWLEY, T. (2011), ‘Dissident’: a brief note. Critical Quarterly, 53: 1–11. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8705.2011.01988.x