Gestus, affect and the Post-Semiotic in Contemporary Theatre

By Denise Varney.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Historic shifts in politics and culture find their artistic outlet in the shift from gestic to affective models of meaning and representation, or, from the semiotic to the post-semiotic.

Keywords: Image-based Theatre, Gestus, Affect, Semiotic and Post-semiotic, German Theatre, Contemporary Theatre

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.113-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.698MB).

Dr Denise Varney

Dr Denise Varney is Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne. She is the co-author with Rachel Fensham (University of Surrey) of The Doll’s Revolution: Australian Theatre and Cultural Imagination (2005) which focuses on Australian women writers and their impact on Australian culture. She has published numerous essays that encompass feminist theatre, Brechtian and contemporary German theatre, documentation of performance and Australian theatre. She teaches theatre semiotics, gender and performance, postmodern theatre and interdisciplinary studies in the arts. She has an active group of postgraduate students who are researching and publishing on contemporary performance. She is currently researching German Theatre since Reunification on an Australian Research Council Grant.

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