Cod: 52025
Department: DH
Scientific area: Humanities
Total working hours: 208
Total contact time: 44

Study of the phenomenon known as “semiosis”, seen as a possibility for signification and therefore also for communication, by studying the implications – especially, but not only, the narratological ones – that such a phenomenon acquires in the vast areas of textual communication (particularly literary) and of visual communication (particularly cinematographic), seen through a comparative perspective.

  1. semiosis
  2. narratology
  3. image
  4. text

- Comprehension of the phenomenon known as semiosis
- Comprehension of the semiotic concept of “text”
- Comprehension of the concepts of iconicity and imagology
- Introduction to the history and present day situation of Narratology as specific semiotic phenomenon
- Identification of diferences and resemblances between textual and imagetic semiosis
- Capacity of offering exemples and establishing comparisons

1.Semiosis, Semiology and Semiotics – an historical and evolutive approach
2.The text as semiotic entity: verbal text, pictorial text, musical text, audiovisual text
3.Nature and iconicity of the image – from Image to Imagology
4.Present day situation of Narratology as specific phenomenon of temporal semiosis
5.From text semiotics to image semiotics – resemblances, differences, consequences.
6.Inter-semiotic transcodification: case studies.

BARTHES, Image. Music. Text. London, Fontana Press, 1977
BELLO, Maria do Rosário Lupi, Narrativa Literária e Narrativa Fílmica. O caso de “Amor de Perdição”. Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian/FCT, 2007.
CHATMAN, Seymour, “Narrative and two other text types” in Coming to Terms. The Rhetoric of Narrative in Fiction and Film. Ithaca and London, Cornell University Press, 1990.
ECO, Umberto, Tratado de Semiótica Geral. São Paulo, Perspectiva, 2000.
JOLY, Martine, Introdução à análise da Imagem. Lisboa, Edições 70, 1994.
METZ, Christian, A Significação no Cinema. São Paulo, Editora Perspectiva, 1977
MITCHELL, Image, Text, Ideology. Chicago/London, The University of Chicago Press, 1987.
POSTMAN, Neil, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. New York, Penguin Books, 1986.
POTTER, Cherry, Image, Sound and Story. The Art of Telling in Film. London, Secker  &Warburg, 1990.
REQUENA, Jesus, El discurso televisivo: espectáculo de la posmodernidad. Madrid, Catedra, 1988


Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.