The book was edited and introduced by Marek Tamm, professor of cultural history in Tallinn University School of Humanities. Lotman’s essays were translated from Russian by Brian James Baer, professor of Russian translation at
Kent State University. Afterword to the volume was written by Mihhail Lotman, professor of
literary theory and semiotics in Tallinn University School of Humanities.
The volume brings together fourteen essays of Juri Lotman, published between 1979 and
1995. The articles in this volume, most of which are appearing in English for the first time,
lay out Lotman’s semiotic model of culture, with its emphasis on mnemonic processes.
Lotman’s concept of culture as the non-hereditary memory of a community that is in a
continuous process of self-interpretation will be of interest to scholars working in cultural
theory, memory studies and the theory of history.