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Título: Staging the Scientist: The Representation of Science and its Processes in American and British Drama
Autor: Malinowska, Aneta Marta
Palavras-chave: Performance
Science play
Data de Defesa: Abr-2014
Editora: Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Resumo: The aim of this dissertation is to demonstrate that drama, performance and science are naturally interconnected. Various plays introduce science into their dramatic content, structure and performance by means of different dramaturgical strategies, and the objective of this dissertation is to present this diversification of science plays. In this dissertation I discuss three different representational strategies of science in recent American and English plays. My corpus includes: Copenhagen (1998) by Michael Frayn, Photograph 51 (2008) by Ana Ziegler, and Mnemonic (1999) devised by Complicite company, and conceived and directed by Simon McBurney. Copenhagen is a metatheatrical play that demonstrates complicated science in an attractive and accessible way for the audience/readers. It tells a story about Heisenberg, Bohr and his wife Margrethe who meet after their death in the vague, spirit world to talk about what happened in Copenhagen in 1941. Photograph 51 stages the competition between four prominent scientists to discover the double helix of DNA structure, and it captures the psychological portrait of Rosalind Franklin, who contributed greatly to the DNA structure discovery. Mnemonic is the “alternative” or “postdramatic” science play that stages two parallel stories: The journey of Welsh-Lithuanian Alice, a contemporary woman, who mysteriously left her boyfriend Virgil to look for her never seen father in Eastern Europe; and the 1991 discovery of the Iceman, a frozen body found in the Northern Italian Alps that thought to be more than five thousand years old. These two stories function within a third, bigger narrative, which is about private and cultural recollections. The analyses of these science plays are based on the common research questions: How are science, scientific process or scientist presented in the plays? What is the role of this representation? How do the plays rework conventional paradigms of perception of science and how do they reveal the nature of the scientific process? How are real facts transformed in the plays? What is the role of this transformation? What is the nature of performance in each play and how it is related to the dramatic content? Is the scientist the tragic hero and if so, what is the tragic conflict? And finally what is the structure of the play, what literary conventions does each play rework and what dramaturgical strategies and choices they operate?
Descrição: Dissertação apresentada para cumprimento dos requisitos necessários à obtenção do grau de Mestre em Estudos Ingleses e Norte Americanos
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10362/13145
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