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Title: Semiotics at the Circus
Written By: Paul Bouissac
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110218299-1
Series Title: Semiotics, Communication and Cognition
Description:

Semiotics is long on theoretical, often obscure discourses, but short on
applications that demonstrate with clarity the applicability of its
methods. This book confronts a challenging object, the circus, and
endeavors to describe its performances in ways that explain how circus acts
produce meaning and cause a deep emotional involvement for their audiences.
The approach is not top-down, such as would be a method that would
dogmatically apply a particular theory to fully explain the phenomena in
terms of this theory alone. Epistemologically, this book is an example of
the bottom-up strategy, which consists of considering first the objects and
heuristically calling upon methodological resources in a broad theoretical
array to come to grips with the problems that are encountered. Any circus
act is a complex event that has cognitive and emotional dimensions. It is
also a part of a history and an institution, and cannot be abstracted from
its cultural and sociological contexts. Thus the range of relevant
theoretical and methodological approaches must include structural
semiotics, biosemiotics, pragmatics, socio-semiotics, cultural
anthropology, the cognitive sciences, the psychology and sociology of
emotions, to name only the most important. But the ultimate focus of this
book is to enable the readers to better understand the meaning of circus
performances and to appreciate the skills and creativity of this
traditional popular art, which constantly renews itself from generation to
generation.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
History of Linguistics
Semiotics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110218312
Pages: 197
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110218299
Pages: 197
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95