Batavia and the Problem of Truth

Carr, Patrick (2005) Batavia and the Problem of Truth. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


The play Batavia re-tells the story of a Dutch East India Company ship, wrecked off the West Australian coast in 1628. In writing Batavia, I consider issues of ethics and pragmatics in deciding how best to use or adapt historical sources--choices often between historical accuracy and effectiveness on stage. The playscript illustrates choices made. The exegesis examines the literature surrounding these considerations, and looks at other writers' comments and approaches to the problem. It suggests a pragmatics of playwrighting is well grounded in philosophy and is a more fruitful approach than the traditional 'ethical' approach.

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ID Code: 16092
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Glover, Stuart & Makeham, Paul
Keywords: Batavia, shipwreck, Jeronimus Cornelius, Torrentius van der Beeck, Holocaust, pragmatic, ethics, pragmatics, Calvinism, Houtmans Abrollhos, accuracy, truth, cultural ownership, Dutch East India Company, Holland, Demidenko
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Patrick Carr
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:56
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:43

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