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Interaktion för konflikt: hur dialogen upprätthåller teatertextens konfliktsituation
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2012 (Swedish)In: Språk & Stil, ISSN 1101-1165, Vol. 22, no 2, 93-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Every drama needs a situation of conflict to get started. The characters interaction should be a metaphor for that conflict. When actors work with the drama's text during rehearsal it is their task to act out the conflict situation through body and voice. This article compares two dramas of Swedish drama writers, with dramas written by a student following a one-year long drama writing workshop.  The analysis of the Swedish drama writers indicates that conflict is present throughout dramatical dialogue. The dialogue is not built up of initiation moves followed by response moves, but of initiation moves responded to by other initiation moves. Further, some initiation moves are not responded to, or other information than the one asked for is given. The characters constantly change subject as their different wishes and wills collide. This makes the surface of the dialogue to appear illogical, as the conversation does not develop in a linear way. In comparison texts from different stages of the student's development during the period of the drama writing workshop are analyzed. As a result four genre traits for drama dialogue are discussed. 1: Initiation moves are responded by new initiation moves. 2: The subject of discussion is constantly changing. 3: The dialogue surface gives an illogical impression. 4: The conversation is not developing linear. The comparison indicates that the student did not fully master the genre traits for the dramatic dialogue.

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Uppsala: Adolf Noreen-sällskapet för svensk språk- och stilforskning , 2012. Vol. 22, no 2, 93-126 p.
Keyword [en]
drama dialogue, interaction, conflict, genre traits, writing development, Swedish drama
Keyword [sv]
teaterdialog, interaktion, konflikt, genredrag, svensk dramatik
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Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59598OAI: diva2:556245
Available from: 2012-09-24 Created: 2012-09-18 Last updated: 2016-05-23Bibliographically approved

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