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Sight Unseen by Elissa S. Guralnick is a book published by the Ohio University Press in 1996. It is a critical study of modern radio drama and argues that the medium is a powerful and unique dramatic form.


Guralnick cites several abilities that radio drama is uniquely suited for. The subjective nature of the visual imagery, the affinity to music, the ability to render subjective psychological states, the ability to incorporate documentary qualities, and the ability to render staged theater through sound alone are all aspects that Guralnick discusses. She argues for medium specificity in the genre, and contends that the unique medium of the radio play does not readily translate to the stage, and doing so can in many cases diminish the power of the original work.

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