Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of signifier.

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Examples

  • Scholars have explained this away by arguing that the abundance of white signifiers is actually politically radical, with some even going so far as to argue that this extremely white world depicts a kind of post-racial utopia.

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  • Ah yes, those one word signifiers for character: virile Morgan, straitlaced Gaby.

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  • But we CAN use words--i.e, "signifiers"--to represent sunsets and orgasms pretty well if we really try, and so we can also use them to represent mystical experience."

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  • Since both terms are essentially empty, mere "signifiers" in current critical parlance, not a hair's breadth separates them.

    Kafka and the Coincidence of Opposites

  • We have come to rely on immediate impressions of particular 'signifiers' to determine whether or not someone is a good parent - is that child eating too many sweets?

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  • This points to the sacramental nature of the biblical Words themselves, their connection as "signifiers" to "the One signified," Christ Jesus.

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  • Beyond the simple pleasures of irony and the moral paradox of these items, could these not also be signifiers of an ability to produce a gleeful acceptance of one's lugubrious plight in a terrifying universe?

    Dark Awakenings and Cosmic Horror : The Lovecraft News Network

  • Depending on the shifting signifiers in between our Saturn and our Moon, patterned in proportional harmonies and discords.

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  • I might add to that definition, ". . . characterized by intellectual posturing and meaningless, self-referential signifiers."

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  • Cultural signifiers will also largely be required -- e.g. street-urchins, a horse and cart, a gin-sodden drunk -- to dress the location and render it an effective locale -- e.g. a street-corner in Victorian London.

    Notes on Worldscape

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