By Anne Ubersfeld

First released in France in 1976, Anne Ubersfeld's three-volume paintings, Lire le theatre, has made a convincing effect at the semiological research of drama. studying Theatre is a long-awaited translation of the 1st volume.

Clear and systematic in its strategy, the publication covers the entire simple components of theatrical textual content and function. Ubersfeld starts by way of refuting the view of functionality because the basic 'translation' of a dramatic textual content, and descriptions a way more complicated dynamic. In next chapters she equally starts with a short critique of simplistic versions after which teases out the complexities of motion, personality, area, time, and discussion. various particular examples brings substance and readability to her points.

Ubersfeld indicates how such formal research can enhance the paintings of theatre practitioners, delivering a fruitful examining of the symbolic constructions of degree area and time, and establishing up a number of probabilities for analyzing a play's traces of motion. even though firmly grounded in formalist and semiotic stories, the ebook indicates a clean scepticism approximately medical positivism, stressing the elemental ambiguity of any dramatic textual content in addition to the sociohistorical grounding of specific textual content and function styles.

A pioneering paintings, this modern vintage maintains to notify debates in theatre semiotics. Addressed as a lot to actors and administrators as to scholars and students, will probably be learn commonly in theatre circles in the course of the English-speaking world.

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