Congresos y reuniones científicas
Cracking the Code: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Teaching of Drama
Encuentro; Encuentro Nacional de Profesorados de Inglés; 2007
Institución organizadora:
Instituto Zorrilla de San Martín

The latest literary theories are but explanatory fictions that, in the face of different theoretical models of a higher or lesser objective quality, provide us with organized knowledge of the literary reality. Thus, literary research is left on the margins of emotional intuitions or personal appreciations, giving origin to a suprapersonal critical tradition. In this context, Critical Semiology was born from Russian formalism, philosophical semiotics and structural linguistics.

For years, literary theory was limited in its analysis of the dramatic text to the written word, overlooking staging and representation. While the dramatic text is made up of a main text (dialogue) and a functional text (stage directions), the latter tend to be disregarded as their meaning shifts from the linguistic to signs in different semiotic systems because of their extra-literary quality.

To maximize the literary experience of enjoyment and understanding of the dramatic text, a multidisciplinary approach that tackles the semiotic as well as the linguistic must be addressed. After all, the dramatic text is nothing but a pretext . . .  a pre-text for performance. As the oldest literary genre, the theater deserves this depth of analysis.