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Mon Dec 17 2012

Books: Circus as Multimodal Discourse: Bouissac

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Date: 12-Dec-2012
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Subject: Circus as Multimodal Discourse: Bouissac
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Title: Circus as Multimodal DiscourseSubtitle: Performance, Meaning, and RitualPublication Year: 2012Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)

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Author: Paul Bouissac

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


This volume presents a theory of the circus as a secular ritual and introducesa 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 provideexamples to show how cultural meaning is produced, extended and amplified bycircus performances. Bouissac is one of the world's leading authorities oncircus ethnography and semiotics and this work is grounded on researchconducted over a 50 year span in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

It concludes with a reflection on the potentially subversive power of thisdiscourse and its contemporary use by activists. Throughout, it endeavours todevelop an analytical approach that is mindful of the epistemological traps ofboth positivism and postmodernist license. It brings semiotics and ethnographyto bear on the realm of the circus.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis Semiotics Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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