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The Happiness War (Work in Progress)

Moody, D. (2006) The Happiness War (Work in Progress). [Play] [Creative Output]

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The play is a deconstructive reading of great American writer Ray Bradbury’s most famous and influential work, FARENHEIT 451. It is also informed by the important filmic re-workings of the story, including the recent use of the concept and title in Michael Moore’s documentary FARENHEIT 9/11. The play uses research into the concept of reading as subversion in Bradbury’s novella, as in Greenburg (1980) and Johnson (1980) and then uses post-modern concepts of citation and pastiche to re-work the plot to make it into a contemporary story. Also relevant is Milan Kundera’s novella SLOWNESS, which examines the post-modern cult of speed.

Publication Type: Creative Output
Written byMoody, David
Company Credits: Murdoch Performing Group
Publisher: Murdoch University
Other Information: Adapted from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
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