Semiotics of the Drama and the Style of Eugene O'Neill

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A semiotic analysis is made of the six major plays by Eugene O'Neill and an attempt is made to yield a systematic analysis towards humanistic interpretations of texts. Theoretical interpretations are enriched with discussions of the plays. Technical matters such as the segmentation of the text are specified in appendices. Six semiotic dimensions have been studied: motifs, theatrical semiotic systems, their use in communicational functions, role function of the dramatis personae, their levels of awareness, and aristotelian divisions.
[Foundations of Semiotics, 19]  1989.  xiv, 162 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
v
List of figures
ix
List of appendices
xiii
1. Introduction: the purpose and design of this study
1
2. Stylistics in relation to linguistics and semiotics
5
3. The semiotics of the drama
13
4. Approaching the drama of O'Neill through semiotic stylistics
25
5. Establishing a controlled semiotics for the dramatic microcorpus
33
6. A representative segment analysis: Anna Christie I.vi
41
7. Concluding discussion of Desire Under the Elms
67
8. Concluding discussion of Long Day's Journey into Night
75
9. Conclusion: summary of findings at the level of the microcorpus
79
Appendices
111
Notes
143
Bibliography
153
Subjects

Literature & Literary Studies

Semiotics
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  89000220
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