Contrasting the Early Modern and the Postmodern Semiotics of Telling Stories: Why We Perform Shakespeare’s Plays Differently Today

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Winner of the 2013 Hungarian Society for the Study of the English Book Award in the Senior Category
Manuscript focuses on the affinity between the early modern (or protomodern) and the postmodern. The methodology is grounded in the interpretive procedures of semiography, which recontextualizes the findings of iconological research in the new theoretical framework of the postsemiotics of the subject and the poststructuralist theories of signification and mediality.


"... a revelatory insight is provided about how we, postmodern interpreters, see that bygone world. This is not a traditional cultural history, but rather philosophically informed 'cultural studies' in the most pertinent sense of the word." -- Prof. György E. Sz?nyi, University of Szeged

"A strong and wise contribution to our scholarly and theoretical efforts to understand our 'postmodern condition' through the lens of early modern subjectivity." -- Prof. Jon Roberts, Saint Thomas Aquinas College

"... in the terms of originality of approach, choice of significant subject in the present scholarly field, theoretical background, structure, thoroughness, innovative treatment of subjects, literary sensitivity, elegance of style, concern with the subject matter and, last but not least, keeping the attention of the reader through delightfully convincing argumentation and surprising conclusions, this is a first rate scholarly piece." -- Prof. Géza Kállay, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest

Table of Contents

1 The Postsemiotics of the Subject
The Constitution of the Subject
The Macrodynamics of the Subject
The Microdynamics of the Subject

2 The Early Modern Subject

3 The Semiotics of the Emblematic Theater

4 Genotheater and Phenotheater

5 The Semiography of the Fantastic Body
The Semiography of the Fantastic
Early Modern and Postmodern Anatomies of the Fantastic Body
Abject Bodies: Titus on the Early Modern and Postmodern Stage

6 The Semiography of Iago, the Merchant of Venice

7 Hamlet and Cinematographical Anatomy: Gabor Bódy's Stage of Consciousness

8 Cloud 9 and the Semiotics of Postcolonisalism
Drama Studies and Cultural Studies
The Colonial Study
Colonized Subjectivities

9 Surface Treatment: The Semiography of Crash
Cyborgs: Body Machines and Machine Bodies
The Abject
Totem and Prosthesis

10 Towards a Conclusion: Double Anatomy and the Other of the Subject in the Theaters of Anatomy

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