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Fred M. Clark Impermanent Structures

Semiotic Readings of Nelson Rodrigues' Vestido de noiva, Album de familia, and Anjo negro

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Romance Studies


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Fred M. Clark offers a semiotic analysis of three plays by Nelson Rodrigues, based in Charles S. Pierce's triadic concept of the sign: as sign, interpretant, and object, in regards to its production as perception and consciousness. Clark's use of this triad approach demonstrates the self-conscious plays of icons in Vestido de noiva, Album de familia, and Anjo negro, and offers a basis for the relevance of his conclusions to theatre at large. Based on this semiotic theory, Clark demonstrates the particular modes in which Nelson's theatre builds up fictional situations that transcend the pretense of the vanguard to become radically innovative and achieve a first-rate literary realization, equal of any occidental writer of the period. The author demonstrates the way in which Rodrigues dissects the difference between seeming and being, questioning the very notion of permanence and order.

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