This chapter offers an account of a collaborative creative process undertaken by two poets in response to the third season of the Channel 4 dating reality show Married at First Sight. Having been commissioned to jointly produce a series of original poems, the authors decided to explore the creative and intellectual possibilities of blending the tropes and conventions of reality television with those of the sonnet sequence, a form with long-standing high cultural associations and concerned, in the public consciousness, with the declaration of enduring love. In this chapter, the eight original poems are interwoven with accounts of their development. The comparison of forms (the episodic series and the narrative-in-sonnets) reveals a productive dissolution of boundaries between ‘highbrow’ and ‘lowbrow’ artistic production.
|Title of host publication||Television Series as Literature|
|Subtitle of host publication||From the Ordinary to the Unthinkable|
|Editors||Reto Winckler, Víctor Huertas-Martín|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Dec 2021|