Toward a Theory of Cultural Interaction: The Semiotic Aspect

  • Juri Lotman


The study of literatures beyond national borders is associated with the mythological school and Indo-European linguistics. The impulse behind this was the observation of striking similarities at the most varied levels between texts that until then had not been assumed to have anything in common. After that, all the researchers working in the schools that followed—the school of “borrowings,” the cultural-historical school, Nikolai Marr’s stage school, and others—dedicated their efforts to addressing the same question: explaining the similarity of names, motifs, plotlines, and images in works of culturally and historically distant literatures, mythologies, and folk poetry traditions.


  1. Ďurišin, Dionýz. 1974. Sources and Systematics of Comparative Literature, Peter Tkáč (trans.). Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského.Google Scholar
  2. Marx, Karl. 1906. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. Vol. I. The Process of Capitalist Production, Frederick Engels, Ernest Untermann (eds.); Samuel Moore, Edward Aveling, (trans.). Chicago: Charles H. Kerr.Google Scholar
  3. Mordovchenko, Nikolai. 1950 Belinskii i russkaia literatura ego vremeni. Moscow and Leningrad: Khudozhestvennaia Literatura.Google Scholar
  4. Tynianov, Iurii. 1977. Poetika. Istoriia literatury. Kino. Moscow: Nauka.Google Scholar
  5. Zhirmunskii, Viktor. 1979. Sravnitel’noe literaturovedenie: Zapad i Vostok. Moscow: Nauka.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juri Lotman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TartuTartuEstonia

Personalised recommendations