Kristian Smed’s The Unknown Soldier as postmodern adaptation

3/2011

Susanna Välimäki

The article discusses the intermedial, intertextual and overwriting process of adaptation in the postmodern theater performance The Unknown Soldier, based on an iconic Finnish war novel The Unknown Soldier (1954) by Väinö Linna, and directed by Kristian Smeds (Finnish National Theater, 2007–2009). Especial emphasis is given to the use of music in the performance. The theoretical framework draws on performance studies and cultural music research, as well as on Linda Hutcheon’s notions of postmodern adaptation and critical parody.