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The Voice of Rapture

A Symbolist System of Ecstatic Speech in Oscar Wilde's "Salome

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With Wilde's Salome (1893) as an exemplary text, this book examines the conditions under which speech «constructs» ecstatic experience. The author considers Wilde's text as a complex Symbolist «system» of relations between rhetorical devices and attitudes toward language. By identifying the components of the system, the book provides a theoretical model for understanding the power of language to «construct» specific emotional states. The dramatic nature of Wilde's play further indicates that, contrary to popular perception, ecstasy is not «beyond» language but in it. Rapture possesses a «voice», but this voice emanates from a communication system which is actually «outside» of the body which speaks it. Movement toward ecstasy is therefore not a release from system but a supreme manifestation of it.


Titel: The Voice of Rapture
Autoren/Herausgeber: Karl Toepfer
Aus der Reihe: American University Studies - Series XXVI: Theater Arts
Ausgabe: Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9780820414911

Seitenzahl: 182
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 420 g
Sprache: Englisch

The Author: Karl Toepfer is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at San Jose State University, where he is also Graduate Coordinator. He is the author of Theatre, Aristocracy, and Pornocracy (1990), and the forthcoming Ideology and Iconography of Cinematic Ecstasy, as well as articles in Theater Three, Performing Arts Journal, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Scandinavian Studies.

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