Perspective from a semiotical perspective

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In this article I have described a kind of relationship to the subject which may aptly be called a perspective while distinguishing it from other similar phenomena (such as “aspect”): it is a case in which an object is conceived as being constant, while the modes of access which a subject may have to it varies. I have also singled out some different kinds of perspective: positional perspective, which only focuses on the respective spatial positions of the subject and the object; perceptual perspective, which is concerned with the exact perceptual adumbration in which the subject has access to the object; and personal perspective, which is involved with the way in which the subject itself is modified in presence of the object. In addition, I have distinguished different components within the consciousness of the subject, such as his body, his feelings, his conception, his thought and his means of expression. Against the background of a distinction between the resources of verbal and visual media, revised from Lessing’s classic discussion, I have also tried to determine to which extent ordinary language, literature, pictures and the cinema, respectively, offer the resources capable of expressing these different kinds of perspective.

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  • Languages and Literature

Keywords

  • erlebte Rede, seing-in, form vs substance, Saussure, Husserl, Wittgenstein, point of view, aspect, semiotics, perspective
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEssays on fiction and perspective
EditorsGöran Rossholm
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Group
ISBN (Print)3-03910-123-4
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedNo

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