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Houses in Victorian Novels

Houses in Victorian Novels

Editura Lumen
Houses in Victorian Novels

Autor: Ioana BOGHIAN

Nr.pag: 380

Limba: romana

ISBN: 978-973-166-492-7

Aparitie: Iasi, 2018

Approaching the house as a sign of identity from a semiotic point of view supports investigating the way in which a house signifies on different levels. The cultural and semiotic approach to the concept of the Victorian house helps analyse aspects such as: the house as a cultural product of a certain society in a certain age; the interactions and relationships between inhabitants and guests; the Victorian house as both a private and public space; interactions and relationships among inhabitants and/or between inhabitants and outsiders as indicators of social, domestic and moral hierarchies. Semiotics, the main approach applied in this study, supports in crossing the boundaries of academic disciplines. A psychological approach to the house would have provided only the possibility of connecting the concept of the house with the inner life of a character; semiotics allows not only this, but also to see the way in which the Victorians’ interpretation of the house is reflected in their cultural and social practices, as well as their evolution as individuals. Analysing the house as a semiotic object supports the identification of cultural spaces and cultural paradigms, social and domestic roles and positions as part of the house’s process of signification and the way in which the resulted meaning is communicated to readers by means of Victorian novels.

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