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Title:On Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play and a Western Understanding of the Human Response to the Loss of Electricity
Author(s):Cheon, Theonesse
Subject(s):Sarah Bay-Cheng
Ritual storytelling
Theatre guilds
Coping Mechanisms
Marshall McLuhan
Abstract:This essay is in part a "psychological" analysis and in part an experimentation on applying media studies to interpret a contemporary piece of literature, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, by Anne Washburn. This is because I find this play as a proposal in that it offers us one illustration of how humans may react to the sudden loss of electricity. I intend to analyze this reaction and offer a way to understand why humans may react to the sudden loss of electricity the way the characters in the play do. It is of course not the only way and I am aware of some of the problems that may arise in going with this interpretation. Yet I do want to demonstrate how far, given the space provided, such an interpretation may go. With that said, I propose that the play offers us how people may cope with the loss of electricity, suggesting that how they cope reflects a bias that media studies can explain.
Issue Date:2017
Publisher:University Library
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Theonesse Cheon
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-05-03

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