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Beckett on screen : the television plays

Author: Jonathan Bignell; Manchester University Press,
Publisher: Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2013. ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This ground-breaking study analyses Beckett's television plays in relation to the history and theory of television. It argues that they are in dialogue with innovative television traditions connected to Modernism in television, film, radio, theatre, literature and the visual arts.Using original research from BBC archives and manuscript sources, the book provides new perspectives on the relationships between  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Television adaptations
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Bignell, Jonathan.
Beckett on screen : the television plays
Manchester, UK. : Manchester University Press, 2009
Named Person: Samuel Beckett; Samuel Beckett
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Bignell; Manchester University Press,
ISBN: 9781847794338 1847794335
OCLC Number: 1149149654
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Made available via: manchesterhive.
MUP 2020 titles.
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 230 pages) : file(s).
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
1 Production --
2 Broadcasting contexts --
3 Institutions and authorship --
4 Intertexts --
5 Evaluations --
6 Afterword --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Jonathan Bignell.

Abstract:

This ground-breaking study analyses Beckett's television plays in relation to the history and theory of television. It argues that they are in dialogue with innovative television traditions connected to Modernism in television, film, radio, theatre, literature and the visual arts.Using original research from BBC archives and manuscript sources, the book provides new perspectives on the relationships between Beckett's television dramas and the wider television culture of Britain and Europe. It also compares and contrasts the plays for television with Beckett's Film and broadcasts of his theatre work including the recent Beckett on Film season. Chapters deal with the production process of the plays, the broadcasting contexts in which they were screened, institutions and authorship, the plays' relationships with comparable programmes and films and reaction to Beckett's screen work by audiences and critics. This book is a major contribution to Beckett scholarship and to studies of television drama. It will be essential reading in literature and drama studies, television historiography and for devotees of Beckett's work.

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