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Interpretation ( Latin interpretatio in the general sense "interpretation, translation, explanation") means the understanding or subjectively plausible respected interpretation of something given or at least of something present. This can e.g. B. a statement , a work of art or a social situation, but also something simply found in nature.

Examples of interpretive approaches

Interpretation in art

Interpretation in the sense of art theory and cultural studies is the process in which a literary, musical or visual work of art is laid out or interpreted. In addition to the analysis of the form, interpretation also includes the examination of the subtext .

According to some conceptions, every analysis is already an interpretation. In the performing arts such as music or dance, the performance of a work is always an interpretation; therefore the artist is considered an interpreter .

Visual arts
Films and other media
  • Interpretation in dance , representation of an action or an expression of feeling. In pantomime one speaks of a 'grand suflet'

See also


  • Andreas Mauz, Christiane Tietz (Ed.): Understanding and interpreting. On the basic vocabulary of hermeneutics and interpretation theory (hermeneutics and interpretation theory, vol. 1). Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh 2020.

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