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Iconography and intertextuality: the dsicreet charm of meaning

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Preston, Sophia (1998) Iconography and intertextuality: the dsicreet charm of meaning. Proceedings Society of Dance History Scholars 21st Annual conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 18-21 June 1998, 21 . pp. 241-252. [Journal article]

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Abstract

I was recently warned by a post-structuralist theatre historian to “Beware meaning for, as Baudrillard says: ‘meaning is the death certificate of Art’.” My methodology for the analysis of dance/music relationships (in which meanings or significances drawn from one dance are allowed to resonate in the interpretation of another) can be seen to reveal an allegiance to ‘bourgeois humanism’ (Eagleton, 1988). Bunuel’s film The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie indicates my probable fate. Using a work by Mark Morris as an example I propose that, taking a Peircean (rather than Saussurean) construction of semiotics, it becomes possible to deal with the contingent meanings that can result from, and contribute to, an ‘open’, intertextual, reading and thereby further the development of dance analysis.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Dance Analysis, Mark Morris, "Dido and Aeneas", Structuralism, Post-structuralism
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:19122
Deposited By:Dr Sophia Preston
Deposited On:02 Dec 2011 14:17
Last Modified:02 Dec 2011 14:17

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