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The Speech-Gesture Complex
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The Speech-Gesture Complex: Modernism, Theatre, Cinema

Anthony Paraskeva


This study examines the representation of gesture in modernist writing, performance and cinema. Deploying a new theoretical term, ‘the speech-gesture complex’, Anthony Paraskeva identifies a relationship between speech and gesture which is neither exclusively literary nor performative and which, he argues, is fundamental to the aesthetics and politics of modernist authors. In discussions of works by Franz Kafka, James Joyce, Henry James, Wyndham Lewis, Vladimir Nabokov and Samuel Beckett, Paraskeva shows how this relationship is closely informed by their attention to the performed gestures of ... More

Keywords: modernism, literature, theatre, cinema, gesture, performance, Joyce, Lewis, Beckett

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748684892
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Paraskeva, author
Roehampton University

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