Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Frank, Johanna


Language, literature and linguistics, Communication and the arts, Affective, Cognitive, Drama, Performance, Poetics



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Drama, due to its dual-medium nature, is a unique genre of literature, and is a genre that gains meaning in both textual and performance modes. This study considers the relationship between script and performance in terms of elements specific to either writing (i.e. typographical layout) or performance (i.e. visual elements on stage). Drawing on Reuven Tsur's theory of cognitive poetics, this study propounds any meaning created by an element in a script can be equally created in performance and vice-versa, regardless of how that element may appear restricted to either script or performance. The theatrical work of Samuel Beckett serves as a case study to demonstrate how information, cognitive effects, and meaning can be translated fully between writing and performance.