The Orientalist Semiotics of »Dune« : Religious and Historical References within Frank Herbert’s Universe

Dublin Core

Title

The Orientalist Semiotics of »Dune« : Religious and Historical References within Frank Herbert’s Universe

Subject

Lawrence of Arabia; Frank Herbert; Paul of Arrakis; Paul Atreides; colonialism; Dune; human collectivism; human-animal relations; T.E. Lawrence; political elitism; semiotics; science fiction; Denis Villeneuve; cross-generational audience; ecology; desert planet; religion; orientalism

Description

Frank Herbert’s »Dune« (1965) is considered to be one of the most successful Science Fiction novels of the 20th century. It introduces its readers to a future universe, in which the production of the most valuable resource of the universe – ›spice‹ – is only possible on one vast desert planet called Arrakis. »Dune« offers many different motifs, including a hero that eventually turns into a superhuman being. However, the novel is also rich of orientalist semiotics and relates to a sign system existent when Herbert wrote his book. Frank Jacob discusses these semiotics in detail and shows how much of »Lawrence of Arabia« is present in the story’s plot.

Creator

Jacob, Frank

Publisher

Büchner-Verlag

Date

2022

Rights

CC BY-NC 4.0

Format

pdf

Language

en

Type

Book

Identifier

ISBN Print: 978-3-96317-302-8
ISBN PDF: 978-3-96317-851-1
DOI: 10.14631/978-3-96317-851-1

Book

Title

The Orientalist Semiotics of »Dune«

Subtitle

Religious and Historical References within Frank Herbert’s Universe

Author/Editor

Jacob, Frank

Publisher

Büchner-Verlag

Year Published

2022

Blurb

Frank Herbert’s »Dune« (1965) is considered to be one of the most successful Science Fiction novels of the 20th century. It introduces its readers to a future universe, in which the production of the most valuable resource of the universe – ›spice‹ – is only possible on one vast desert planet called Arrakis. »Dune« offers many different motifs, including a hero that eventually turns into a superhuman being. However, the novel is also rich of orientalist semiotics and relates to a sign system existent when Herbert wrote his book. Frank Jacob discusses these semiotics in detail and shows how much of »Lawrence of Arabia« is present in the story’s plot.

Keywords

Lawrence of Arabia; Frank Herbert; Paul of Arrakis; Paul Atreides; colonialism; Dune; human collectivism; human-animal relations; T.E. Lawrence; political elitism; semiotics; science fiction; Denis Villeneuve; cross-generational audience; ecology; desert planet; religion; orientalism

ISBN Print

978-3-96317-302-8

ISBN PDF

978-3-96317-851-1

DOI

10.14631/978-3-96317-851-1

Rights

CC BY-NC 4.0

Language

en

Type

Book

Format

pdf

Citation

Jacob, Frank, “The Orientalist Semiotics of »Dune« : Religious and Historical References within Frank Herbert’s Universe,” Büchner-Verlag Repositorium, accessed October 2, 2022, http://omeka.buechner-verlag.de/items/show/15.