Tag Archives: Semiotic

The Effects of Gestures used in Adowa and Kete Performance with Particular Reference to Akans in Ghana (Published)

This paper looks into the effects of gestures used in Adowa and Kete Traditional Dances in Ghana in line with their meaning. The motive behind this investigation was to give the youth excellent platform to appreciate the gestures in Kete and Adowa ensembles, as a way of promoting their cultural identity. Data collected for this investigation was analyzed by using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.  There were two major sources for the data collection; primary and secondary.  Kumasi cultural center was visited during one of Ad[[ K[se[ festival and some pictures were taken on  Kete and Adowa performances. Some pictures were also searched from the internet to serve as the secondary data for the project. These pictures were used during interview with the respondents. Some literature were reviewed on Kete and Adowa dances as well. The data were then transcribed and relevant portions were analyzed.  The Visual Semiotic theory was used as theoretical framework. This theory deals with the interpretations of signs. Per the analysis it was identified that, the sixty one and above years aged group were the only group of people who understood these gestures. Though the youth and the middle age group can describe the gestures alright, appreciate its aesthetic nature but don’t understand the meaning.

Keywords: Adowa, Aesthetics, Gestures, Kete, Semiotic, interpretations

When Scheherazade Cries: A Dialectic Semiotic Reading of the Title: A Study Of Rita Odeh’s Poem Ṣarkhat ʾiʿrab/ A Cry of Parsing (Published)

Literary critics and scholars had not shown interest in the thresholds of the title of the text until modern semiotic studies gave interest to everything that surrounds the text such as titles, prefaces, references, margins and alerts. Semiotic studies pointed out that these elements are significant keys that help to dive into the depths of the text to unravel its mysteries and enigmas. Such studies are rarely empty of references to the textual thresholds, especially the title, which is the main threshold that compels the researcher to inquire it before diving into the depths of the text. “Semiotics of the title” is considered one of the important issues of criticism which modern critics have dived into. Probably the title plays an essential role in understanding the deep meanings of the literary work that is introduced to the receiver. Thus, interest in the title is inevitable because it is the first thresholds of the text through which the reader enters the landmarks of the text to discover its entity and afterwards, to introduce a critical modernist vision that is based on a methodology and theoretical principles that helps to the uncover the hidden landmarks of the text and introduce it to the receiver in the form of a critical reading of the literary work. The majority of the definitions that are given to the title deal with it in discrepant manners, and in spite of that, we ultimately conclude that it is a linguistic coded sign that stands above the text to lend it a certain characteristic, to define it and to tempt the reader to read it and think about its connotations. It requires a clever receiver who can decode its signs that rise above its structure. Without title, many books would remain imprisoned on the bookshelves and the libraries. The titles of many books became popular or unpopular or even a disaster to the books and their authors. 

Keywords: Active Imperative, Para Text., Semiology, Semiotic, Structuralism, Tetralogy, Thresholds, Trans-Textuality