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by Thomas John Donahue

  • ISBN: 0838634761
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  • Author: Thomas John Donahue
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Pr (March 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 181 pages
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Structures of Meaning deals in a practical way with theater semiotics.

Structures of Meaning deals in a practical way with theater semiotics. Although not a "primer" in the strictest sense, it sets forth the basic principles of semiotics as they can be applied to the dramatic or play text and especially its relationship to performance. Author Thomas J. Donahue treats the essential elements of most play texts: action, character, space and time, as well as the characters' discourse and the playwright's instructions in their varied forms.

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Semiotics (also called semiotic studies) is the study of sign process (semiosis), which is any form of activity, conduct, or any process that involves signs, including the production of meaning

Semiotics (also called semiotic studies) is the study of sign process (semiosis), which is any form of activity, conduct, or any process that involves signs, including the production of meaning. A sign is anything that communicates a meaning, that is not the sign itself, to the interpreter of the sign. The meaning can be intentional such as a word uttered with a specific meaning, or unintentional, such as a symptom being a sign of a particular medical condition

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Structure of Meaning : A Semiotic Approach to the Play Text. by Thomas John Donahue.

Structures of meaning. a semiotic approach to the play text. Published 1993 by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Associated University Presses in Rutherford, ., London, Cranbury, NJ. Written in English. Drama, Semiotics, Semiotics and literature, Theater. There's no description for this book yet.

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Semiotics departs from the cognitivist approach of Lakoff and Johnson (p. 55) is at the very. McNeill (1992) is not done justice either: In some. approaches, gesture is taken to be part of a larger complex of meaning resources, together. with speech Here too the issue of the entirely different materiality rules that out as .

Structures of Meaning deals in a practical way with theater semiotics. Although not a "primer" in the strictest sense, it sets forth the basic principles of semiotics as they can be applied to the dramatic or play text and especially its relationship to performance. Author Thomas J. Donahue treats the essential elements of most play texts: action, character, space and time, as well as the characters' discourse and the playwright's instructions in their varied forms. He uses plays from various periods and cultures to illustrate the pragmatic aspects of semiotics, while relying principally on the texts of Romeo and Juliet, Tartuffe, The Cherry Orchard, and Waiting for Godot.In this century directors and other practitioners of the theater have insisted that the play text reaches full significance only within the performance. Their insistence that the play text is "something to be done," as Roland Barthes has put it, and not merely something to be read, necessarily influences the way the reader approaches the text intended for representation on the stage. Theater practitioners have always intuited the transformations that take place while they move from first reading through rehearsal to opening night. They know that the written word is transformed when spoken by an actor, and that stage action, lights, sounds, and an audience bring life to a text that might have seemed dull on first reading. Practitioners of the theater read play texts as if they were preparing a production of a play. They are theater semioticians of a practical order.Semiotics of the play text attempts to identify and define the basic grammar of the text - its syntax - while exploring the various ways it produces meaning within a particular context. This it does through an examination of the various systems of signs within the text and their interrelationships. Although originally used by Ferdinand de Saussure as a means of examining how language functions, semiotics no longer is restricted to natural languages but encompasses the study of all sign systems - both simple and complex. The languages of the theater are, of course, of the complex variety and function in combination to form an elaborate act of communication.While putting in relief wherever possible the relationship of the play text and the performance, Donahue synthesizes the works of the leading proponents of theater semiotics: Keir Elam, Anne Ubersfeld, the members of the Prague Linguistic Circle, as well as speech act theorists whose works have importance for the study of the theater. Since the jargon of semiotics has to a certain extent limited its access to a larger audience, the author has avoided its use when possible and has explained in a clear and precise way those terms from the lexicon of semiotics essential to his study.

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