The Semiotics of Performance

The Semiotics of Performance

De Marinis, Marco
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/22/1993
Format: Hardback 16 illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-31686-8
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The book... succeeds at refining elements in the problem that semiotics and theater represent to and for one another." —Choice

The Semiotics of Performance surprisingly retains its revelatory freshness, and actually opens up areas of reseach that could very well supply new incentives for further probing into what semiotics can offer to the study of theatre." —Theatre Survey

Author Bio

MARCO DE MARINIS is a Professor at the Institute of Communications and Theater at the University of Bologna. He is the author of several books and the editor of Versus. ÁINE O’HEALY is Director of European Studies and Assistant Professor of Italian at Loyola Marymount University. She is author of numerous works on contemporary Italian literature and cinema.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Theater Or Semiotics
0.1. The Textual Analysis of Performance
0.2. From Structuralism to the Pragmatics of the Text
0.3. Enunciation, Intertextuality, and Reception
0.4. Textual Analysis as a Multidisciplinary Approach
0.5. Epistemological Limits
0.6. Semiotics and Theater

One. Dramatic Text and Mise-en-Scene
1.1. Reasons for a Misunderstanding
1.2. A Critique of the Conception of the Dramatic Text as a "Constant" or "Deep Structure" of Performance
1.3. Language and Metalanguage, Text and Metatext
1.4. Virtual Mise-en-Scene and Real Mise-en-Scene
1.4.1. The Residue-Text: A Particular Case?
1.5. The Irreversibility of Theatrical Transcoding
1.6. Toward a Definition of the Dramatic Genre
1.7. Dramatic Discourse
1.8. The Dramatic Text as "Instructions for Use"

Two. The Performance Text
2.1. Performance as Text
2.2. Theatrical Performance: A Definition
2.2.1. Technical Reproducibility, Repeatability, Duplicatability
2.2.2. Theater and Everyday Life
2.3. Completeness and Coherence of the Performance Text
2.3.1. The Delimitation of the Performance Text
2.3.2. Levels of Coherence in the Performance Text
2.4 The Performance Text: Between Presence and Absence
2.4.1. "Present" Performances and "Absent" Performances
2.4.2. Ruffini: Contextual Restoration
2.4.3. Description/Transcription
2.5. The Double Heterogeneity of the Performance Text
2.6. Performance Texts Shorter or Longer than One Performance
2.6.1. Partial Texts and Segments of the Performance Text
2.6.2 Groups and Classes of Performance Texts
2.7. Co-textual and Contextual Aspects

Three. The Textual Structure of Performance
3.1. Multiple Systems and Single Systems
3.2. Degrees of Dynamism in the Textual Structure of Performance
3.3. Partial Structures and Macrostructures
3.4. Multiple Interpretations, Multiple Structures
3.5. Analysis/Reading/Criticism

Four. Performance