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The Semiotics of Theater : Advances in Semiotics - Erika Fischer-Lichte

The Semiotics of Theater

Advances in Semiotics

By: Erika Fischer-Lichte, Jeremy Gaines (Translator), Doris Jones (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 1st June 1992
ISBN: 9780253322371
Number Of Pages: 352

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"The most thorough, systematic and convincing semiotics of the theater we have.... L]ike those of Eco, it is an important conceptual synthesis, and a bibliographical gold mine." -- Modern Language Notes..". impresses with its thoroughness and the informed perspective of its author... "A -- Theatre Survey..". a classic text... " -- Theatre Research International"Immediately accessible to readers with some knowledge of theater but not much of semiotics.... For anyone with an interest in theater production and performance, or indeed theater history." -- Marvin Carlson

Introductionp. 1
Theater as a Cultural Systemp. 1
The Theatrical Codep. 10
The Theatrical Code as a Systemp. 13
The Actor's Activities as a Signp. 18
Language-based Signsp. 18
Linguistic Signsp. 18
Paralinguistic Signsp. 22
Kinesic Signsp. 30
Mimic Signsp. 30
Gestural Signsp. 39
Proxemic Signsp. 58
The Actor's Appearance as a Signp. 64
Maskp. 68
Hairstylep. 77
Costumep. 83
Spatial Signsp. 93
Theatrical Spacep. 96
Stage Spacep. 101
Decorationp. 102
Propsp. 107
Lightingp. 110
Nonverbal Acoustic Signsp. 115
Soundsp. 117
Musicp. 120
Theater as a Semiotic Systemp. 129
The Specificity of the Theatrical Signp. 129
Structure and Hierarchyp. 131
Theatrical Communicationp. 136
"Theatricality"p. 139
The Theatrical Gesture as a Normp. 143
The Gesture in Eighteenth-Century German Theaterp. 145
From System to Normp. 145
Problems of a Semiotic Historical Reconstructionp. 147
The Gestural Code in Eighteenth-Century German Theaterp. 151
Preconditions: The Gestural Code of Baroque Theaterp. 151
Changes in the Baroque Gestural Code during the Early Enlightenmentp. 155
The Genesis of a Gestural Code for Bourgeois Illusionist Theaterp. 157
Gestures in Theater as a Representational System of Meaning in the Discourse of the Epochp. 166
The Theatrical Code as Speechp. 171
Performance as Theatrical Textp. 173
The Concept of the Theatrical Textp. 173
On the Constitution of the Theatrical Textp. 182
The Transformation of the Drama's Literary Text into the Theatrical Text of the Performancep. 191
The Hermeneutics of the Theatrical Textp. 206
The Process of Constituting Meaning and Sense as a Method of Analyzing Theatrical Textsp. 218
Theory and Methodp. 218
Individual Analytic Proceduresp. 222
Recourse to the Theatrical Code as a System and a Normp. 222
Segmentationp. 224
Selection and Combinationp. 230
Internal and External Recodingp. 238
On Applying the Methodp. 245
Problems of Notationp. 248
Concluding Remarks on the Kinesic Code of the German Theater of the 1970sp. 254
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 319
Index of Namesp. 333
Index of Termsp. 334
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ISBN: 9780253322371
ISBN-10: 0253322375
Series: Advances in Semiotics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st June 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Type: Abridged

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