The Edusemiotics of Images: Essays on the Art-Science of Tarot By Inna Semetsky

Authors

  • Elizabeth Scheer

Abstract

In The Edusemiotics of Images: Essays on the Art-Science of Tarot, Inna Semetsky argues for a critical method of education grounded in tarot reading. Stating that tarot “can be a profound motivational force” in shaping how we grow and act (3), the author mobilizes discourses in deconstruction and pragmatism to argue that we can approach tarot as a form of semiotics and, in turn, as a method of moral instruction, as the meaning of each card marshals the reader towards a deeper and more ethical engagement with the world. The book is a series of thought experiments, each chapter taking on some aspect of tarot and arguing for its pedagogical use. Chapter One, for example, uses the archetype of The Fool (the first card in the Tarot deck) to explore themes of initiation and rites of passage, asking what it means...

Published

2021-07-01

Issue

Section

Book Reviews/Review Essays