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Theatre as Sign System : A Semiotics of Text and Performance - Elaine Aston

Theatre as Sign System

A Semiotics of Text and Performance

Paperback Published: 7th November 1991
ISBN: 9780415049320
Number Of Pages: 218

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This indispensable student guide to the study of drama is the first to explain in detail the relationship between the drama text and the theory and practice of theatre in performance. The study of semiotics is an increasingly important area of critical practice, and a vital component in any up-to-date drama course, yet it poses a number of tricky and tantalising questions for the student approaching it for the first time. What is the relationship between theory and practice? How can an understanding of the text as a system of signs be related to the semiotics of stage performance? Can the performance of drama also be read as a sign-system? Beginning at the beginning, with accessible explanations of the meanings and methods of semiotics, Theatre as Sign-System addresses key drama texts, from Sophocles to Caryl Churchill, and offers new and detailed information about performance theory which can be related to textual practice.

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"This is a book aimed at students yet to be introduced into the field, rather than at those who have already had some exposure to semiotics and theatre. As such, it provides an easy entrance through its clarity and succinctness." -"Theatre Survey

List of figures and tables
Dramatic Shape
Stage Directions I
Semiotics of Performance
Stage Directions II
Reading the Image
Text in Performance
Conclusion: The Way Forward?
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ISBN: 9780415049320
ISBN-10: 0415049326
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 7th November 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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