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Film Dramaturgy: A Practice and a Tool for Researchers

Stutterheim, Kerstin



Rosamund Davies

Paolo Russo

Claus Tieber


This chapter gives an overview of dramaturgy as practice and discipline. Dramaturgy has its origins in Antiquity and established itself as a theoretical and analytical approach to understand and support narrative-performative arts in the eighteenth century. After comparing the most influential roots and tradition, from its European origins to its equivalents in India and in the Arabic world, as well as considering interpretations and receptions of Aristotle’s Poetics, the chapter looks at key influential figures such as G. E. Lessing, Max Reinhardt, Max Herrmann and Bertolt Brecht. It discusses dramaturgy as a subject for higher education and its correspondence to professional practice. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of dramaturgy for the screenwriting process and, consequently, how dramaturgy can support academic analyses of time-based and narrative-performative artworks.

Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 28, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Nov 15, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 28, 2023
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 689-708
Book Title The Palgrave Handbook of Screenwriting Studies
Chapter Number 36
ISBN 9783031207686
Keywords Dramaturgical analysis, Dramaturgy, Film dramaturgy, Poetics, Screenwriting
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