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Nº 14

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Paolo TEOBALDELLI : "Cinema and Special Effects Seen From a Non- Dual Based Approach to Communication"

In this article Teobaldelli continues his investigation of cinema and special effects from the perspective of an "integrated" theory of communication. This implies an examination of the "direct use of reality" or physeos within filmic representation and its relationship with artifice and mimesis. This article attempts to reconcile the paradoxical function of special effects as artificial techniques with their utility in constructing a filmic experience whose impact on the viewer is that of a more fully real, vivid or authentic expression.

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« L’inachèvement d’Oreste : constitution du droit et tragédie de l’existant dans Les Euménides d’Eschyle »

This article in French is an investigation of the evolution of Athenian law through its representation in the Greek tragedies of Aeschylus. Orestes, son of Agamemnon, a hero of the Trojan war who was murdered upon his return from Troy, is banished from Athens and must, like Hamlet, seek closure of his desire to avenge his father's death. The article examines the Aeschylus' semiotisation of the history of the establishment of a renewed Athenian law through Orestes' trial and acquittal, and finds that this juridical renewal can be understood through a communication between the three elements of divine law, Athenian law and Orestes' trials.

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Clarissa LEE Ai Ling: "Voices of Feminism and Schizophrenia in Plath's Poetry"

Using a feminist stylistics, along with cognitive linguistics, text linguistics and schema theory, the author attempts an analysis of four of Plath’s Ariel poems and links them with feminism and the cultural deixis of her time and the present. Lee shows that characteristics of the poet as a schizophrenic and as a feminist finds expression in Plath’s final work, providing a "conflicting interface to Plath’s gendered life."

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Ibrahim TAHA: "On Signs and Texts: Cognitive Science and Interpretation"

The article seeks to deal with the very short story from the semiotic viewpoint of the genre theory. It distinctly concerns with the question “how can texts of a new and unique phenomenon of minimalist fiction be read and interpreted?” The answer to this complex question is initially provided in generic terminology. Thus the paper suggests the generic components of the very short story and, defines, classifies and divides them into three categories (brevity, approaching poetry, and strengthening of the reader’s position), by which the reader can “successfully” proceed in an interesting and complicated process of reading and interpretation.

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« Les marques de lisibilité comme éléments de planification du discours juridique »

This article in French investigates the relationships between meaning and form in juridical texts, particularly in English Common Law. In it the author examines the way in which the "planning" of legal texts aims both to render such texts more legible through the use of lexical indices relating content to the order of its treatment, and to provide the reader with cohesive markers for the text, which enable him or her to situate the parts within the whole through connective articulations and key words. The article concludes that the English legal text, while arcane, is a highly clear and efficient method of communication in which potential ambiguities are successfully avoided.

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Shannon FOSKETT : "Cyberman and The Settler as Filmic Representations of Humanity"

This article is an epistemologically sensitive investigation of filmic representations of the human being from the perspective of cinema in a "posthuman" era. In a posthuman era, there is "the danger of flagrantly reproducing the humanist ideology through new forms, be they aesthetic, machinic or displaced in new environments." The author finds that new issues will need to be represented, but the strategy will continue to be the dismantling of Enlightenment subjectivity by "releasing the sign from its referent," and then "linking the semiotic to the material." Such representational attempts, according to the author, must therefore encompass feminist and material film strategies if they are to "create and maintain a necessary critical distance from emerging conceptions of biological subjectivity and autonomy/collectivity, and from conceptions of the posthuman itself."

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AS/SA Nº14 (2004.09)   ISSN 1204-6140

Editors/Rédacteurs : Pascal G. Michelucci & Peter G. Marteinson
University of Toronto

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