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Books: Pragmatics/History of Linguistics: Bouissac

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Semiotics at the Circus: Bouissac

Message 1: Semiotics at the Circus: Bouissac
Date: 30-Jul-2010
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: Semiotics at the Circus: Bouissac
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Title: Semiotics at the Circus Series Title: Semiotics, Communication and Cognition Published: 2010 Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: Paul Bouissac Electronic: ISBN: 9783110218312 Pages: 197 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110218299 Pages: 197 Price: Europe EURO 99.95

Semiotics is long on theoretical, often obscure discourses, but short onapplications that demonstrate with clarity the applicability of itsmethods. This book confronts a challenging object, the circus, andendeavors to describe its performances in ways that explain how circus actsproduce meaning and cause a deep emotional involvement for their audiences.The approach is not top-down, such as would be a method that woulddogmatically apply a particular theory to fully explain the phenomena interms of this theory alone. Epistemologically, this book is an example ofthe bottom-up strategy, which consists of considering first the objects andheuristically calling upon methodological resources in a broad theoreticalarray to come to grips with the problems that are encountered. Any circusact is a complex event that has cognitive and emotional dimensions. It isalso a part of a history and an institution, and cannot be abstracted fromits cultural and sociological contexts. Thus the range of relevanttheoretical and methodological approaches must include structuralsemiotics, biosemiotics, pragmatics, socio-semiotics, culturalanthropology, the cognitive sciences, the psychology and sociology ofemotions, to name only the most important. But the ultimate focus of thisbook is to enable the readers to better understand the meaning of circusperformances and to appreciate the skills and creativity of thistraditional popular art, which constantly renews itself from generation togeneration.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics                             History of Linguistics                             Semiotics
Written In: English (eng )

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