Paul Cobley

Paul Cobley, Reader in Communications at London Metropolitan University, is an Executive Committee Member of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS), a member of the Semiotic Society of America and of the Media Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA). He is the author of a number of books, including The American Thriller (2000) and Narrative (2001). He edited The Communication Theory Reader (1996), The Routledge Companion to Semiotics and Linguistics (2001), Communication Theories 4 vols. (2006), and (with Adam Briggs) The Media: An Introduction 2nd edn (2001); he co-edits two journals: Subject Matters and Social Semiotics and is associate editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing; he is series editor of Routledge Introductions to Media and Communications and is co-editor of the series Semiotics, Communication and Cognition (Mouton de Gruyter). His new book, Contemporary Semiotics (Mouton de Gruyter), will be published in 2009. He currently has two edited books in press, Realism for the 21st Century: A John Deely Reader (University of Scranton Press) and The Routledge Companion to Semiotics (Routledge). A third edition of The Media (with Daniele Albertazzi) will be published in 2009. Cobley’s research interests lie mainly in semiotics and include the work of Thomas A. Sebeok, biosemiotics, systems theory, subjectivity, popular narrative and communication theory. His recent work has attempted to make clear the cultural implications of biosemiotics, partly through a ‘biosemiotic praxis’ involving Modelling Systems Theory.


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