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The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama

The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama

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Published by Chokri Omri

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Published by: Chokri Omri on Apr 19, 2011
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Samuel Becketts
Happy Days
Presented byAymanJaballi and Chokri AmriSupervised byDr. Tahar Bayouli
 
Preface
Semiotics is a subject one cannot be indifferent to given the fact that it not onlystudies the life of signs within the framework of social life but also dedicatesitself to the study of the production of meaning in society. In his book
The
 S
emiotic
s
of 
 
The
a
tre
and D
a
m
a
(1980), KeirElam takes Semiotics to be amultidisciplinary science whose precise methodological charactereristicswillnecessarily vary from field to field but which is united by a common globalconcern, the better understanding of our own meaning-bearing behaviour.If we agree with him on the fact that this multidisciplinary science is equallyconcerned with the processes of signification and with those of communication,i.e. the means whereby meanings are both generated and exchanged and thatits objects are the different sign-systems and codes at work in society and theactual messages and texts produced thereby, then, perhaps, nowhere willsemiotics gain sound ground and credentialitythan in those works produced forand in the stage.
 
This presentation, naturally, ambitions towork out a comprehensive (but by no meansexhaustive) semiotic analysis of 
Happy Days.
Thi 
s play w 
ritte
n
n 1963
adopted a mode of theatre which aberrantly broke theestablished dramatic rules only to demandwhat we will call Semiotic recuperation of meaning since things, KeirElam rightly puts,will serve only to the extent that theymean.
(KeirElam)

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