Radio drama adaptations: An approach towards an analytical methodology

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This article establishes a methodology with which radio drama pieces can be analysed. It thereby integrates all features the art form has to offer: voices, music, noises, but also technical features like cutting and mixing contribute to the narrative that is being told. This approach emphasizes the importance of seeing radio drama as an art form in its own right, and not as a literary genre. An analysis of radio drama adapted from literary pieces shows how varied the features with which the same story can be told in the two art forms can be.

Keywords: analytical methodology; narratology; radio drama adaptations; semiotics

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Amsterdam.

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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  • Adaptation, or the conversion of oral, historical or fictional narratives into stage drama has been common practice for centuries. In our own time the processes of cross-generic transformation continue to be extremely important in theatre as well as in the film and other media industries. Adaptation and the related areas of translation and intertextuality continue to have a central place in our culture with a profound resonance across our civilisation.
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