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Skén&graphie

From Scene to Writing and back again, Skén&graphie is the plurality of the one and the diversity of the other. It aims to connect to the worlds of both literature and the university, in order to revisit and rethink the performing arts in their widest possible variety. Writers, researchers, translators, publishers, curators, directors, designers, actors, photographers and spectators may all be brought together to make their particular contributions according to their experience and expertise.

A comparative journal, Skén&graphie aims to extend its range with each issue: theatre and performance, dance, radio, contemporary opera, presentations both amateur and professional, local and international. French writing from Haiti or work influenced by Japan, the translation of established writers from Germany or Sweden, contemporary theatre and dramatic writing, these and other possible orientations could form what we might call a discreet wind rose of drama.

But above all, the plurality of the journal will find its completion in the diversity of its readers, in their enjoyment of what they find there, in the meaning and significance which they accord it and in the influence and reputation to which they may have the possibility of contributing. Whether they be spectators or readers of plays, makers of theatre at any level, teachers or students, writers or researchers, this journal is for them, and it is with them that we wish to ensure its progress.

At one and the same time without barriers in the presentation of its themes and articles and circular in its revisiting of certain works, artists and ideas which are for us touchstones, Skén&graphie will continue to develop at the rhythm of one publication per year, a paper version published by the Annales littéraires and the Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté, and a version on line by revues.org. The journal has been supported since 2016 by the group Arts et Littérature of the research centre ELLIADD of the University Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, after two years of support by the centre CIMArtS.

Critical articles

These will form the first centre of the journal, a questioning in depth of contemporary developments in the theatre or in academic research, with a desire to explore collectively a particular direction and its ramifications through both articles and interviews, supplemented by reviews, bibliographies and lists of resources for those who wish to enhance their study of a particular aspect.

Photographs

These will add a visual dimension to the articles, in and with both freedom and pleasure, but without further commentary, and will consist of a series of about a dozen photographs, images of performance, of sets, of manuscripts, which will be duly referenced in the journal. With black borders in the paper version, the photographs will serve as a guide or point of orientation situated between the articles and the rest of the journal. They may provoke, by such juxtaposition, different possibilities of reflection. On occasion forming a group complete in itself (such as the Exquisite Corpse by Johanne Leighton in the second issue), on others they will relate to performances described elsewhere in the journal without reference to the critical articles.

Original texts

This central section of the journal will be devoted to literary texts in their original language or in translation. A long extract is for the moment our preferred form, an extract which is not the beginning or the most striking moment, but rather a section of about ten pages typical of the work in question which has attracted our attention. Such a sample may encourage the reader to seek out the complete text, to contact the author, and even to promote its publication, exchanges which we would be happy to facilitate. To make more widely known plays which have interested us through their originality, their story line, their style or setting, such is the purpose of this section of the journal, for which it will always be possible to send us unpublished texts or translations either complete or in progress.

Reviews and interviews

A mixed section, this will be rooted in contemporary production and the work of those physically active in the performing arts, and will be open to all styles and practices. Interviews with directors and directors of theatre companies and with other professionals, reviews of plays or festivals and of amateur productions and activities (in particular those of Franche-Comté University Theatre, a partner of the journal), reviews of other theatrical journals, are all some of the forms already in evidence.

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