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From adherence to subversion: How Eating Out plays with classical dramatic structure

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The article explores how Eating Out, after raising expectations of a conventional suspense plot, unexpectedly changes direction by subverting the unity of action and deflating the dramatic question, thus leaving space for the subtle effects of a more decentralized and open narrative structure

Keywords: (im-)plausibility; anti-)climax; dramaturgy; open ending; screenwriting manuals; unity of action

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Zurich

Publication date: October 1, 2013

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