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Theatre as sign-system : a semiotics of text and performance

Author: Elaine Aston; George Savona
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This invaluable student handbook is the first detailed guide to explain in detail the relationship between the drama text and the theory and practice of drama in performance. Beginning at the beginning, with accessible explanations of the meanings and methods of semiotics, Theatre as Sign System addresses key drama texts and offers new and detailed information about the theories of performance.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine Aston; George Savona
ISBN: 0415049318 9780415049313 0415049326 9780415049320
OCLC Number: 23213480
Description: 203 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Why theatre semiotics? --
Structuralism and semiotics: a brief history --
The project --
pt. I. Text --
2. Dramatic Shape --
Signs of division --
Construction of plot --
Story and plot --
Conventions of dramatic plot and time --
3. Character --
Character functions --
Character and frame --
Function as convention --
Actor/character --
Character and psychology --
4. Dialogue --
Dialogue: features and functions --
Verse and prose --
Dialogue and the 'classics' --
Dialogue in 'bourgeois' tragedy and comedy --
'Radical' drama and dialogue --
5. Stage Directions I --
Overview --
Classification --
Historic and generic perspectives --
pt. II. Performance --
6. Semiotics of Performance --
Actor as sign --
Actor and classification of sign-systems --
The Pavis questionnaire --
Signs and codes --
Spatial codes --
Reading the body: kinesics --
Spectator and the production of meaning --
7. Stage Directions II --
Status of stage directions --
The actor --
Stage directions and dialogue --
Design and technical elements --
Synthesis: systems of staging --
8. Reading the Image --
Encodings/decodings --
Stage picture: levels of operation --
Stage picture and visual metaphor social semiotics --
The painting as analogue --
Role of spectator --
9. Text in Performance --
Text --
Performances --
Cinematic signification --
10. Conclusion: The Way Forward?
Responsibility: Elaine Aston, George Savona.
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