A. J. Greimas

American Journal of Semiotics 31 (1/2):1-27 (2000)

Abstract
This article describes the upbringing and education of the semiotician A. J. Greimas and explores how they contributed to shaping his subsequent life of ideas. An initial narrative characterizes the linguistic and cultural context in which he grew up, relates his schooling in Lithuania, and details his university studies in 1930s France. This account highlights the individuals, methods, authors, and books of his youth which proved particularly significant for him. A longer second section then synthesizes the experiences recounted. Four cultural and intellectual traditions played a leading role in Greimass development: Lithuanian, Slavic, Germanic, and French. He took a particular interest in poetry, the Middle Ages, philosophy, history, modernism, and philology. The essay inquires into the ways in which these heritages, arts, and topics informed the ensuing evolution of his outlook, his ideas, and his career.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Language and Literature  Semiotics
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Reprint years 2015
ISBN(s) 0277-7126  
DOI 10.5840/ajs2015311/21
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