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CIRCUS DIARIES: Two recent book reviews

In Books, Circus, Features, Opinion, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

These two volumes approach the subject of circus in full acknowledgement of its mythic status in popular culture. Simon presents her history of the most well reported performers and organizations of the last 250 years through the lens of their influence and impact on other artists’ work, with particular reference to the visual arts and literature. Semiotician Bouissac explores ways in which the viewer can step behind the curtain of pop-cultural expectations and look deeper into the layers of meaning and symbolism at play in any circus production.

CIRCUS DIARIES: Two recent book reviews

In Books, Circus, Features, Opinion, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

These two volumes approach the subject of circus in full acknowledgement of its mythic status in popular culture. Simon presents her history of the most well reported performers and organizations of the last 250 years through the lens of their influence and impact on other artists’ work, with particular reference to the visual arts and literature. Semiotician Bouissac explores ways in which the viewer can step behind the curtain of pop-cultural expectations and look deeper into the layers of meaning and symbolism at play in any circus production.