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Harold Pinter’s transmedial histories

Bignell, J. and Davies, W. (2020) Harold Pinter’s transmedial histories. Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television. ISSN 1465-3451

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/01439685.2020.1778314


Pinter’s activity across different media of expression makes his work a productive focus for a study of transmediality, and this article focuses on his formal experimentation in television, radio and cinema as well as theatre. Transmediality denotes the tracing of transfers of the same trope, narrative or motif from one medium to another, and Pinter’s work has been a part of the canon of world theatre since the 1960s, his films contributed to the unique nature of British cinema, and he is often cited as one of the most significant British writers of the post-war period. His significance is demonstrated by the acquisition of his papers for the British Library's Pinter Archive, which, along with papers held at the BBC Written Archives Centre, British Film Institute and Film Finance, for example, comprise much of the often unexplored original archival material used here for tracing Pinter's histories across media.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Beckett studies
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:89961
Uncontrolled Keywords:Harold Pinter; radio; television; drama; film; adaptation; theatre.
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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