Augmenting the agency of marginalised members of society within the semiotic authority of narrative form.

Stenina, Anna (2019) Augmenting the agency of marginalised members of society within the semiotic authority of narrative form. Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

Abstract This practice-based research investigates the effects of the semiotic authority that underlies the symbols and stories of a dominant culture. This research investigates the effects of the everyday mythologised body of ‘reality’ that arguably manifests itself in situations of symbolic abuse (referring to Barthes’ ideological abuse. Barthes, 1957: 10), and explores the abusive nature of that which resides in what-goes-without-saying (Barthes, 1957: 10). The project investigates the more commonplace manifestations of semiotic authority such as mundane behavioural protocols, societal norms and stereotypes. It considers the effects of these on the agency of members of society. This study offers the hypothesis: If the social phenomenon of symbolic abuse manifests itself within quotidian life through the environment of the semiotic authority of narrative form, then the input of both the artist and the viewer can augment the agency of marginalised members of society by developing an epistemic engagement around the subject of symbolic abuse. The research locates, deconstructs and analyses the symbolic abuse portrayed through the visual practice and case studies presented. Barthes’ semiotic analysis is applied, as are Butler's performativity theory and Bakhtin’s theory of Carnival in order to examine the semiotic authority of the dominant culture. The findings suggest that art practices such as those presented provide an environment for reflection upon the mundane ritualised objectification found within stereotypical acts. Art can provide a discursive platform that addresses symbolic abuse and increases awareness of the subject. A visual practice that reflects upon the dominant culture from the perspective of marginalised members of society has the potential to generate alternative meaning-making that destabilises the meta-narrative authority of the dominant culture.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: symbolic abuse, archetype, encratic language, dialogical, intertextuality, performative utterance, myth, instrumental art, relational art, deconstruction, performativity, normative violence, Yinka Shonibare, End of Empire, carnival, conceptual androgyny, Jesper Just, Hannah Gadsby, Nanette, Barbara Kruger, detournement, Judith Butler, Roland Barthes, Michail Bakhtin, Rebecca Solnit, semiotic, mansplaining, Koster,J.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: Anna Stenina
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2019 15:58
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2020 11:44
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1133

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