Who and how is telling stories in contemporary drama? Cover Image

Kas ir kaip pasakoja istorijas šiuolaikinėje dramoje?
Who and how is telling stories in contemporary drama?

Author(s): Gabrielė Labanauskaitė
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Lietuvos mokslų akademijos leidykla
Keywords: drama; narrator; narrator types; autodiegetic narrator; heterodiegetic narrator; homodiegetic narrator; narrator’s functions; mimetic and diegetic ways of telling a story

Summary/Abstract: Gabrielė Labanauskaitė is a last-year PhD student at Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. Her article ‘Who and how is telling stories in contemporary drama?’ is analysing the narrator instance in theatre plays. The author is uniting classical narratolog y theory tools (which so far have been mostly applied to essays and novels) and her own research in order to discover and represent the most popular narrator types in drama. G. Labanauskaitė realised that G. Gennette’s invented typology of narrators (autodiegetic, homodiegetic and heterodiegetic type of narrator) is not enough to explore the essence of the narrator figure in drama. In order to discover the reasons of playwrights using one or another type of narrator, G. Labanauskaitė was examining the functions of the narrator and the results which can be achieved by using various narrative strategies.A new look at the narratological theory is supported by drama examples of worldwide famous playwrights (M. Ravenhill, S. Kane, D. Loher, L. Jenkin, S. Ruhl and others) and Lithuanian writers (L. S. Černiauskaitė, M. Ivaškevičius, J. Keleras, G. Grajauskas). It is interesting to notice that Lithuanian drama is influenced by theatrical laboratories (plays of I. Stundžytė and J. Tertelis).

  • Issue Year: 20/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 139-154
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Lithuanian