The Semiotics of Love

  • Marcel Danesi

Part of the Semiotics and Popular Culture book series (SEMPC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 1-29
  3. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 31-55
  4. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 57-82
  5. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 83-106
  6. Marcel Danesi
    Pages 107-127
  7. Marcel Danesi
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  8. Marcel Danesi
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 169-178

About this book


The Semiotics of Love brings together work on early symbolism, literary practices, and contemporary communication on the theme of romance and the idea of love to forge an understanding of the semiotic-cultural side of romance. Moving beyond psychological and neuroscientific scholarly analyses of love, Marcel Danesi works to interrogate the cultural constructions of love across societies. This book analyzes romantic love from the general perspective of semiotics—that is, from its more generic interpretive angle, rather than its more technical one. The specific analytical lens used is based on the notion that we convert our feeling structures into sign structures (words, symbols) and sign-based constructions (texts, rituals, etc.), which then allow us to reflect upon something cognitively, rather than just experience it physically and emotionally.


love discourse love signs semiosis sign structures sign-based constructions human sign systems

Authors and affiliations

  • Marcel Danesi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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