Theatricality, Body, Voice, Spatiality: Applying Performance Analysis to Persona-Driven Literary Journalism

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Abstract

This inquiry explores the benefits of applying performance analysis to the study of journalism practices where the use and staging of the journalist’s persona is a fundamental literary strategy. The focus of the analysis is a case study of persona performances of Danish novelist, food critic, and cultural journalist Martin Kongstad. In his persona-driven journalism and criticism, Kongstad makes use of literary strategies such as multiple voices, alter ego, dramatization of written text, and a blending of fictional characters with real-life sources. By proposing a framework that draws on concepts from performance studies, this study demonstrates how literary strategies adapted and developed across platforms can be examined fruitfully using performance analysis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLiterary Journalism Studies
Volume14/1
Pages (from-to)52-73
Number of pages21
ISSN1944-897X
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Media, communication and languages

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