Thursday, 31 January 2013

Pride & Prejudice shortened further

By method of erasure I reduced Pride & Prejudice to descriptions pertaining to movement in, or descriptions of, space, past, present possible plus anything to do with letters – I did the same with Sense & Sensibility and Persuasion. This involves the movement of people, descriptions of rooms or houses, the drives to Pemberley, the crucial letters in each story. Pride & Prejudice was reduced further to spoken reading of 30 to 40 minutes duration – whilst still being recognisable to close readers of Jane Austen. This piece is the third layer: just the verbs of the original erasure version, the skeleton of space and movement in it – and the important letters. Is there anything recognisable to anyone else other than me? Could these be instructions for a performance?
This piece was recorded in the airing cupboard.

The work was "shown" in Dublin
Sound Devices: exploring literature through sound - Rathmines Library,
(Feb 2013) | Second in the Sound Devices podcast series.
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in a slightly different form - an introduction and finish of two chapters with a single voice, the centre section overlaid