An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)


The study tackles applying the semiotic approach by studying the close paratexts(title, preamble and dedication) in Haifa Betar's novel Ahlam Nazefah.It starts by comparing the external title according to the American philosopher Charl Sandoz Peirce's semiotics dealing with deliberative, inferential and synthetic dimensions.Correspondence of internal titles to their context is tested as signifiers and signifieds because those titles are the names of active characters in the novel.After that, the study moves to discuss the semiotics of the preamble focusing on two sides: The first is the incipient expression the preamble leave in the reader's mind and his harmony with later incidents of the novel.The second is its expressional ability as a signifier accepts many signifieds in case of various readers.