Performative symbols and their relative non-arbitrariness: Representing women in Iranian traditional theater

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Abstract

Following Charles S. Peirce and Paul Friedrich, this paper attempts to deal with the concept of 'performative symbols' - symbols that are realized when they are performed. This concept is explored through an investigation of the presentation of gender identity in two different forms of Iranian traditional theatre: the tragic epic form, ta'ziyeh, and the comic impro visatory form, ru-hozi.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalSemiotica
Volume145
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arbitrariness
  • Gender identity
  • Iran
  • Performance theory
  • Ru-hozi
  • Symbols
  • Ta'ziyeh

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