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The Reception of Tartu Semiotics in China

A Preliminary Survey and a Few Case Studies

Han-liang Chang, Lei Han and Shuo-yu Charlotte Wu
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies


This essay traces the reception of Tartu semiotics in the Chinesespeaking world, including Mainland China and Taiwan. Our preliminary survey covers materials of three main categories: (1) research projects, (2) postgraduate degree theses, and (3) publications in Chinese and other languages. A number of common features in cross-cultural reception are identified, such as the temporal gap in theory travelling, the role of a third language mediating source and target languages, the phenomenon of negative influence, and the political interference with the introduction and reception of foreign cultural products. Because of its predominant interest in the dynamics of culture as sign system and inter-systemic dialogue, Tartu Semiotics is becoming increasingly attractive to the growing Chinese semiotic community.

Published Online: 2014-5-30
Published in Print: 2014-6-1

© 2014 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston