What is it about?

While addressing the question of screenplay textuality, this Special Issue takes a close interest in the ‘media thickness’ of the screenplay in its textual form. In doing so, we wish to contribute to the exploration and affirmation of scenaristic processes as both cultural and intermedial practices, as in general, screenwriting and screenplays are indeed to be considered at the crossroads of different artistic, mediatic and social fields. This is a flexible editorial posture and assumed as such, one which above all aims to consider the constitutive plurality of given textual practices, not only in terms of conceptual and social anchoring, but also of styles, modes and languages.

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Why is it important?

The anglo-phone tradition of screenwriting has enclosed the object 'screenplay' within prescriptive modes and uses. The issue considers the textuality of the object screenplay, the current situation, and questions about habits and cannons. As a result, this special issue of the Journal of Screenwriting gathers diverse authors' voices from various countries to break the white-western predominance.


An essential step toward including diverse topics and voices in the debate about screenwriting.

Romana Turina
Arts University Bournemouth

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This page is a summary of: Textual perspectives: Screenwriting styles, modes and languages, Journal of Screenwriting, November 2022, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/josc_00100_2.
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