Studies in Literature, Film and New Media
Edited By Anna Kędra-Kardela and Andrzej Sławomir Kowalczyk
CHAPTER TEN: In the Bowels of a Gothic Microverse: Delicatessen as a Semiotic Palimpsest
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In the Bowels of a Gothic Microverse: Delicatessen as a Semiotic Palimpsest
Gothic texts may at times seem like collages of various literary and filmic traditions, making the genre a playing field of conventions, and therefore a space where signs belonging to different semiotic families assemble, interact, and produce new meanings. The inherent possibility to subcategorise anything Gothic into a number of smaller contributing components of styles and semiotic units is well reflecting of the “boundlessness as well as over-ornamentation,” which Botting refers to as a prime feature of the genre (1996: 3).
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