Semiology after semiology

Author: Pavis, Patrice
Source document: Theatralia. 2012, vol. 15, iss. 2, pp. 37-49
  • ISSN
    1803-845X (print)
    2336-4548 (online)
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Eighty years after the beginning of semiology of theatre within the Prague Linguistic Circle, and forty years after its heydays in Western Europe, it might be time to assess its presence today. After examining the reason of its reappearance in the seventies, the so-called crisis of semiology from the nineties on is reconsidered as a series of missed opportunities for semiology and Theatre Studies. A few suggestions are made how to connect semiology with other methods and disciplines, not in order to rescue 'our science' (which does not need our help), but to adapt and complete the semiology of our times within a new theatrical, performative and cultural context. It is hoped not to become too nostalgic, although this danger should obviously not be underestimated as well.
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