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The Meaning of the Circus
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List of Figures Preface Acknowledgements 1. Like moths flying to a candle in the night 2. Ritual and sacrifice: the circus between cult and art 3. The Music is the Message 4. Flashback 5. Great expectations 6. The Ethnography of Memory 7. A Sense of Gravity 8. To laugh or not to laugh 9. Lives under siege 10. Where is home? The circus's endless Odyssey Bibliography Index

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Looking closely at the hermeneutics of the circus arts, this book adds semiotic depth to the analysis of the production and reception of circus performances.

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Paul Bouissac is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto (Victoria College), Canada. He is a world renowned figure in semiotics and a pioneer of circus studies as an academic discipline.

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