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    Rethinking play texts in the age of mediatization: Simon Stephens's Pornography

    Ilter, Seda (2015) Rethinking play texts in the age of mediatization: Simon Stephens's Pornography. Modern Drama 58 (2), pp. 238-262. ISSN 0026-7694.

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    This article is unusual in that it responds to a tendency in contemporary theatre practice and scholarship to overlook play texts when exploring the effect media technologies and culture have on the theatre. Introducing the concept of ‘mediatized dramaturgy’, the article explores how a play can accommodate the social-cognitive conditions of a mediatized culture not only through direct reference to technology, but also in aesthetic subtleties that echo the contemporary moment. In light of this, the article analyzes Simon Stephens’s Pornography (2007) to show the workings of a mediatized play in opening new vistas to understand the new realities of the contemporary, and the reception of Pornography on stage to grasp the performative implications of a mediatized dramaturgy. This analysis challenges recent shifts in critical discourse about the media-theatre relation: the growing emphasis on performance, misconceptions about postdramatic theatre as a non-textual form and the text’s supposed incapacity to map the new reality of mediatized culture and consciousness.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): mediatization, dramaturgy, play-text, technology, Simon Stephens, Pornography, postdramatic
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Seda Ilter
    Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 10:49
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:41


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