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LINGUIST List 23.5314

Mon Dec 17 2012

Books: Circus as Multimodal Discourse: Bouissac

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-Dec-2012
From: Ellena Moriarty <Ellena.moriartybloomsbury.com>
Subject: Circus as Multimodal Discourse: Bouissac
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Title: Circus as Multimodal Discourse
Subtitle: Performance, Meaning, and Ritual
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)
http://www.continuumbooks.com


Book URL: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/circus-as-multimodal-discourse-9781441125637/


Author: Paul Bouissac

Hardback: ISBN: 1441125639 9781441125637 Pages: 224 Price: U.K. £ 75.00


Abstract:

This volume presents a theory of the circus as a secular ritual and introduces
a method to analyze its performances as multimodal discourse.

The book's fifteen chapters cover the range of circus specialties (magic,
domestic and wild animal training, acrobatics, and clowning) and provide
examples to show how cultural meaning is produced, extended and amplified by
circus performances. Bouissac is one of the world's leading authorities on
circus ethnography and semiotics and this work is grounded on research
conducted over a 50 year span in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

It concludes with a reflection on the potentially subversive power of this
discourse and its contemporary use by activists. Throughout, it endeavours to
develop an analytical approach that is mindful of the epistemological traps of
both positivism and postmodernist license. It brings semiotics and ethnography
to bear on the realm of the circus.




Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Semiotics
Sociolinguistics


Written In: English (eng)

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