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ABSTRACT Powerful themes of physical and emotional isolation are found in the Saskatchewan radio

plays stored in the CBC files of the Saskatchewan Archives Recorded Sound Collection.

Based on the examination of a selection of these plays in their audio format, this thesis

will explore themes of isolation and how they are developed in contemporary

Saskatchewan radio drama as organized into the following three categories: Timescape,

Landscape, and Bodyscape. The Timescape chapter deals with themes of isolation and

history plays. The Landscape chapter explores isolation and landscape within three radio

plays by James Quandt. The Bodyscape chapter is dedicated to plays with themes of

isolation, health, and healthcare. It also highlights the abundance of playwriting by

women on healthcare topics. In doing so, the thesis addresses two larger questions: 1.

To what extent are themes of isolation and the struggle to relieve it developed by

Saskatchewan playwrights on the radio? And 2. If the most acute geographic and

demographic isolation experienced by Saskatchewan residents was historic, i.e. during

the history of European settlement, why are there still strong thematic currents of

isolation appearing throughout Saskatchewan radio plays written after 1980? The

development of themes of isolation in this selection of plays often reinforces the value of

community and the dangers of isolation. The critical framework of the thesis relies most

heavily on the thoughts of Northrop Frye, Margaret Atwood, Kelley Jo Burke, and Carol

Gilligan. Most of the plays discussed were produced during the period between 1978-

1988. These were the first ten years of local, full time radio drama production at CBC

Saskatchewan in Regina. An annotated bibliography of the plays studied en route to this

thesis follows the text.


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