Contrasting the Early Modern and the Postmodern Semiotics of Telling Stories: Why We Perform Shakespeare's Plays Differently Today

Contrasting the Early Modern and the Postmodern Semiotics of Telling Stories: Why We Perform Shakespeare's Plays Differently Today

By: Attila Kiss (author)Hardback

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The epistemological uncertainties of the early modern and the postmodern give rise an anatomical desire that is behind several representational techniques. This work scrutinizes this anatomical perspective through the discussion of the semiography of violence, abjection and the fantastic. These are characteristic of the traditions of early modern drama, tragedies in particular, and which sruvive mainly in the postmodern experimental theater, performance art and certain subgenres of the cinema. This work focuses on the affinity between the early modern (or protomodern) and the postmodern. The methodology is grounded in the interpretive procedures of semiography, which recontextualizes the findings of iconological research in the new theoretical framework of the postsemiotics of the subject and the poststructuralist theories of signification and mediality. Through the analysis of dramas, stage productions and cultural representations, my aim is to show that both the early modern and the postmodern period are characterized by an epistemological crisis which arises from the questioning of the earlier conceptual paradigms and the absence of a new, stable world model. Protomodern and postmodern plays both use comparable representational strategies to thematize the dilemmas concerning the identity of the human being and the possibilities of getting to know reality.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773414761
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 220
  • ID: 9780773414761
  • ISBN10: 0773414762

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