The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama / Edition 2

The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama / Edition 2

by Keir Elam
     
 

The late twentieth century saw an explosion of interest in semiotics, the science of the signs and processes by which we communicate. In this study, the first of its kind in English, Keir Elam shows how this new 'science' can provide a radical shift in our understanding of theatrical performance, one of our richest and most complex forms of communication.
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Overview

The late twentieth century saw an explosion of interest in semiotics, the science of the signs and processes by which we communicate. In this study, the first of its kind in English, Keir Elam shows how this new 'science' can provide a radical shift in our understanding of theatrical performance, one of our richest and most complex forms of communication.
Elam traces the history of semiotic approaches to performance, from 1930s Prague onwards, and presents a model of theatrical communication. In the course of his study, he touches upon the 'logic' of the drama and the analysis of dramatic discourse. This edition also includes a new post-script by the author, looking at the fate of theatre semiotics since the publication of this book, and a fully updated bibliography. Much praised for its accessibility, The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama remains a 'must-read' text for all those interested in the analysis of theatrical performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415280181
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/02/2002
Series:
New Accents Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
1Preliminaries: Semiotics and Poetics1
2Foundations: Signs in the Theatre4
3Theatrical Communication: Codes, Systems and the Performance Text28
4Dramatic Logic88
5Dramatic Discourse123
6Concluding Comments: Theatre, Drama, Semiotics190
'Post'-script: Post-semiotics, Posthumous Semiotics, Closet Semiotics193
Suggestions for Further Reading222
Bibliography231
Index251

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