Performing Memory, Challenging History : Two Adaptations of The Unknown Soldier

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Pajunen , J & Korsberg , H 2018 , ' Performing Memory, Challenging History : Two Adaptations of The Unknown Soldier ' , Contemporary Theatre Review , vol. 28 , no. 2 , pp. 224-234 . https://doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2017.1365715

Title: Performing Memory, Challenging History : Two Adaptations of The Unknown Soldier
Author: Pajunen, Julia; Korsberg, Hanna
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 2010-2017
University of Helsinki, Theatre Research


Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Contemporary Theatre Review
ISSN: 1048-6801
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2017.1365715
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299526
Abstract: We discuss how theatre production and radio play engage with the Finnish social and political reality by challenging the memory culture of war, especially questions related to masculinity and violence. The productions we look at are based on a novel by Vaino Linna. Productions are simply called The Unknown Soldier, like the novel. The theatre adaptation is written and directed by Kristian Smeds at the Finnish National Theatre in 2007-09 and a radio play, The Unknown Soldier: A Dialogue with Linna's Novel, directed by Juhana von Bagh and written by Jussi Moila for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, Yle, in 2014. Both adaptations challenged Finnish historians in discussing questions related to the war that had long been silenced. History and performance can both be seen as representations of the past, which shape our understanding and identity. We use the concepts of memory and memory culture - that is, how the past is remembered because of the particular performances we chose to focus on.
Subject: 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
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