History, Signing in: Essays in History and Semiotics

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P. Lang, 1993 - History - 438 pages
"History, Singing in" is a double-entendre indicating the dual purpose of this book. First it marks the initial effort by a practicing historian to demonstrate the usefulness of semiotics for the discipline of history. Second, the essays in this volume on Charles S. Peirce, predecessors and successors of Peirce in the United States, the interpretation of historical texts such as Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and the historical significance of music and film illustrate the working of signs in both history and the interpretation of history by great thinkers.

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The Author: William Pencak is Professor of History at the Ogontz Campus of the Pennsylvania State University. In 1987 he organized the American Historical Association's first session on Semiotics and History and from 1991-1993 served as the first historian on the Executive Board of the Semiotics Society of America. He has written and edited eight books in American history and held research fellowships at Duke and Princeton Universities. He has also served as Fulbright Professor of International Studies at the University of Monterrey, Mexico, and held visiting appointments at Tufts University and the University of California, San Diego.

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