See - Essay - some specific issues
Research topics and ideas also at Radio Drama Theory Lesson Plan

There is plainly more than one radio play, and not all radio plays are equal.

Radio drama theorising must introduce the central topics of the radio drama experience :

 RECEPTION THEORY: the listener's experiences via a monaural medium - as the radio drama craft is based on the artistic manipulation of our common mental system


RECEPTION THEORY: the involvement of all the sensory array (other senses such as sight and touch etc.) in the listener's perceptual filling-in - see audiences (reception theory)

 RECEPTION THEORY AND RADIO APPARATUS THEORY: the interaction of ear and the recording microphone, and of the ear with the radio apparatus in production, post-production and broadcast (see Radio apparatus theory)
RECEPTION THEORY:  aurality as a central area of radio theory

RECEPTION THEORY: emotions in radio drama

PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES - RELATION TO THE EXTRA-RADIO WORLD:  classical and postclassical discussion of radio's relation to reality (the extra-radio world) across radio plays, radio documentaries and features, and radio drama-documentaries

FOUNDATIONAL THEORY PROBLEMS - MASTER NARRATIVE - MIDDLE-RANGE THEORISING:  radio drama theorised through a master-narrative system as semiotics (radio text and the semiotic sign) or radio approached through middle-range theorising (see Radio theory - what is it for? What is it? for middle-range theorising)

 RECEPTION THEORY - COGNITIVE SCIENCE : radio as perceptual data


RECEPTION THEORY - cognitive mapping - mental geography - navigating or orienteering through the fictional 'scenery' of radio drama - see Cognitive Mapping and Radio Drama by Alan Beck - Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, Volume 1 Number 2, July 2000 (on this site)

 RECEPTION THEORY: radio characters and listener identification (and the possible use of suture as a theoretical concept) - see audiences (reception theory)  for suture

FORMALISM: narrative forms, genre and narrative (see Narrative)

 GENRE: subjective and lyrical forms


AESTHETICS AND PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES: theories of interpretation and evaluation (aesthetics)

 POLITICAL ECONOMY APPROACH - CULTURAL MATERIALISM: relations between radio drama, culture and society, broadcasting institution - political economy approach


PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES - FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES: use of analytical philosphy, use of cognitive science, empirical research, relationship to the social sciences

 APPARATUS THEORY: history of radio drama technology -
  Radio Drama Reading List

See also:

 Oculocentrism or ocularocentrism
 audiences (reception theory)
 Theory - what is it?
 Radio theory - what is it for?
 psychology of perception and emotion
 Listening as a secondary activity - see audiences (reception theory)


 Allen, Richard and Smith, Murray, 1997, Film Theory and Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
 Branigan, Edward, 1997, 'Sound, Epistemology, Film', chapter 4 in Allen, Richard and Smith, Murray, Film Theory and Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
 McAdams, Stephen, and Bigand, Emmanuel, Thinking in Sound. The Cognitive Psychology of Human Audition, 1993, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
 Plack, Christopher, 2005, The Sense of Hearing, London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers







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