Circus as Multimodal Discourse: Performance, Meaning, and by Paul Bouissac

By Paul Bouissac

Now on hand in paperback, this quantity offers a idea of the circus as a mundane ritual and introduces a style to investigate its performances as multimodal discourse.

The book's fifteen chapters disguise the variety of circus specialties (magic, household and wild animal education, acrobatics, and clowning) and supply examples to teach how cultural that means is produced, prolonged and amplified by means of circus performances. Bouissac is among the world's top gurus on circus ethnography and semiotics and this paintings is grounded on learn carried out over a 50 yr span in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

It concludes with a mirrored image at the possibly subversive strength of this discourse and its modern use via activists. all through, it endeavours to boost an analytical technique that's conscious of the epistemological traps of either positivism and postmodernist license. It brings semiotics and ethnography to endure at the realm of the circus.

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