X hits on this document

PDF document

THEMES OF ISOLATION IN SASKATCHEWAN RADIO DRAMA - page 116 / 185

708 views

0 shares

0 downloads

0 comments

116 / 185

Conclusion

110

long after the harshest examples of physical isolation of Saskatchewan residents passed

into history.

Future Study

This thesis has been intended as a first foray into the CBC Archives stored within

the Saskatchewan Archives Recorded Sound Collection which has been thus far critically

ignored. There is great potential for further research projects. It is important to note that

not all contemporary Saskatchewan radio drama conforms to Atwood’s bleak and forlorn

vision of Canadian Literature. Burke notes that while some Saskatchewan playwrights

revel in landscape for inspiration, others take pride in not doing so:

There’s the writing from the land, there and of course the sort of counter- push to that comes from the urban Saskatchewan writers. Which is like, ‘I don’t like the land, you know? I write from the mall!’ And we’re getting that more and more. They’re like, ‘I am from Saskatchewan, but I don’t write from the land, I don’t like country music, I don’t even know what a coulee is, if it’s not something you buy at 7-11. I write from the city.’ In the last ten years, I’ve been starting to get a lot of that kind of work.

This recent counter-push is important to note. In addition to the dark, land-based,

fatalistic tragedies inspired by “writing from the land,” Burke also speaks of the comedy

born of steppes like Saskatchewan, “people who live in the darkness tend to laugh more

than most because what else are you going to do? So the comedy has a darkness, but also

a sharpness that is very unique.” A study into comedy in Saskatchewan radio drama

could provide a unique glimpse into Saskatchewan culture by examining what makes us

laugh.

Also of interest in this collection are plays that explore corporate or capitalist

culture. Saskatchewan, being the first region in North America ever to elect a socialist

Document info
Document views708
Page views710
Page last viewedSun Dec 11 03:08:44 UTC 2016
Pages185
Paragraphs3491
Words63280

Comments