Contemporary Irish Drama & Cultural Identity

Contemporary Irish Drama & Cultural Identity

Author: Margaret Llewellyn-Jones

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841500546

Category: History

Page: 182

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"Within the last ten years there has been a renaissance in Irish drama from both sides of the border, including work which has transferred to London and New York, touring Britain, Europe and Australia. This book explores the dynamics of the relationship between these representations of Ireland, and the fluid nature of cultural identity within a post-colonial context, especially during this current period of economic and political change." "The thematic structure reveals a reoccurrence of ideological concerns and dramatic strategies. These are framed by initial discussion of plays by now canonical figures such as Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness and Tom Murphy, but the book's emphasis lies with work by recent writers, especially that performed during the 1990s." "Since physicality of performance is central to this approach, informed by postcolonial theory, feminism and psychoanalysis, this book draws upon interviews with writers, performers, directors and groups, as well as productions seen in different venues. While the relationship between Ireland and Europe is considered in terms of cultural and economic influences and performance practices, that between Ireland and America is seen in terms of 'the dream of the West', the diaspora, tourism and globalisation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Contemporary Irish Drama and Cultural Identity

Contemporary Irish Drama and Cultural Identity

Author: Margaret Llewellyn-Jones

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841508245

Category: Science

Page: 188

View: 823

Within the last ten years there has been a renaissance in Irish drama from both sides of the border, including award-winning work which has transfered to London and New York, and has toured Britain as well as Europe and Australia. This book explores the dynamics of the relationship between these representations of Ireland and the fluid nature of cultural identity, especially during a period of economic and political change. Although the book establishes the historical context for contemporary Irish drama, and does include discussion of some of the earlier works of Brian Friel, Frank MacGuinness and Tom Murphy, the emphasis lies on their more recent work from 1980, and especially upon work created by new writers performed during the 1990's, during the emergence of the 'Celtic tiger economy' in the Republic, and the Peace Process in the North. Key themes provide the structure of the book, which examines especially those theatrical strategies which have been associated with the performance of identity, particularly in a post-colonial situation. References are also made to interviews with writers, performers, directors and groups, as well as performances seen across Ireland and Britain. Contemporary critical perspectives from post-colonial theory to psychoanalysis and performance praxis are deployed, but in an accessible way. In contrast to the tensions associated with the colonising relationship between Ireland and Britain, the relationship between Ireland and Europe are considered in terms of cultural and economic influences and performance practices, and that between Ireland and America in terms of the 'dream of the West', the diaspora and tourism.

Masculinities and the Contemporary Irish Theatre

Masculinities and the Contemporary Irish Theatre

Author: B. Singleton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230294530

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 227

View: 663

Irish theatre and its histories appear to be dominated by men and their actions. This book's socially and culturally contextualized analysis of performance over the last two decades, however reveals masculinities that are anything but hegemonic, played out in theatres and other arenas of performance all over Ireland.

Irish Literature

Irish Literature

Author: Mary Ketsin

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 1590335902

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 183

View: 561

Irish literature's roots have been traced to the 7th-9th century. This is a rich and hardy literature starting with descriptions of the brave deeds of kings, saints and other heroes. These were followed by generous veins of religious, historical, genealogical, scientific and other works. The development of prose, poetry and drama raced along with the times. Modern, well-known Irish writers include: William Yeats, James Joyce, Sean Casey, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, John Synge and Samuel Beckett.

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary Irish Playwrights

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary Irish Playwrights

Author: Martin Middeke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408198629

Category: Drama

Page: 480

View: 892

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary Irish Playwrights is an authoritative guide to the work of twenty-five playwrights from the last 50 years whose work has helped to shape and define Irish theatre. Written by a team of international scholars, it provides an illuminating survey and analysis of each writer's plays and will be invaluable to anyone interested in, studying or teaching contemporary Irish drama. The playwrights examined range from John B. Keane, Brian Friel and Tom Murphy, to the crop of writers who emerged in the 1990s and who include Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr, Emma Donoghue and Mark O'Rowe. Each essay features: a biographical sketch and introduction to the playwright a discussion of their most important plays an analysis of their stylistic and thematic traits, the critical reception and their place in the discourses of Irish theatre a bibliography of texts and critical material With a total of 190 plays discussed in detail, over half of which were written during the 1990s and 2000s, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary Irish Playwrights is unrivalled in its study of recent plays and playwrights.

Redefinitions of Irish Identity

Redefinitions of Irish Identity

Author: Irene Gilsenan Nordin

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039115588

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 318

View: 135

This collection of essays aims to provide new insights into the debate on postnationalism in Ireland from the perspective of narrative writing.

Sub-versions

Sub-versions

Author: Ciaran Ross

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042028289

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

View: 821

From Swift's repulsive shit-flinging Yahoos to Beckett's dying but never quite dead moribunds, Irish literature has long been perceived as being synonymous with subversion and all forms of subversiveness. But what constitutes a subversive text or a subversive writer in twenty-first-century Ireland? The essays in this volume set out to redefine and rethink the subversive potential of modern Irish literature. Crossing three central genres, one common denominator running through these essays whether dealing with canonical writers like Yeats, Beckett and Flann O'Brien, or lesser known contemporary writers like Sebastian Barry or Robert McLiam Wilson, is the continual questioning of Irish identity – Irishness – going from its colonial paradigm and stereotype of the subaltern in MacGill, to its uneasy implications for gender representation in the contemporary novel and the contemporary drama. A subsidiary theme inextricably linked to the identity problematic is that of exile and its radical heritage for all Irish writing irrespective of its different genres. Sub-Versions offers a cross-cultural and trans-national response to the expanding interest in Irish and postcolonial studies by bringing together specialists from different national cultures and scholarly contexts – Ireland, Britain, France and Central Europe. The order of the essays is by genre.This study is aimed both at the general literary reader and anyone particularly interested in Irish Studies.

Oscar Wilde and Contemporary Irish Drama

Oscar Wilde and Contemporary Irish Drama

Author: Graham Price

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319933450

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 249

View: 161

This book is about the Wildean aesthetic in contemporary Irish drama. Through elucidating a discernible Wildean strand in the plays of Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Thomas Kilroy, Marina Carr and Frank McGuinness, it demonstrates that Oscar Wilde's importance to Ireland's theatrical canon is equal to that of W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge and Samuel Beckett. The study examines key areas of the Wildean aesthetic: his aestheticizing of experience via language and self-conscious performance; the notion of the dandy in Wildean texts and how such a figure is engaged with in today's dramas; and how his contribution to the concept of a ‘verbal theatre’ has influenced his dramatic successors. It is of particular pertinence to academics and postgraduate students in the fields of Irish drama and Irish literature, and for those interested in the work of Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Thomas Kilroy, Marina Carr and Frank McGuinness. okokpoj

The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance

The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance

Author: Eamonn Jordan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137585882

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 866

View: 760

This Handbook offers a multiform sweep of theoretical, historical, practical and personal glimpses into a landscape roughly characterised as contemporary Irish theatre and performance. Bringing together a spectrum of voices and sensibilities in each of its four sections — Histories, Close-ups, Interfaces, and Reflections — it casts its gaze back across the past sixty years or so to recall, analyse, and assess the recent legacy of theatre and performance on this island. While offering information, overviews and reflections of current thought across its chapters, this book will serve most handily as food for thought and a springboard for curiosity. Offering something different in its mix of themes and perspectives, so that previously unexamined surfaces might come to light individually and in conjunction with other essays, it is a wide-ranging and indispensable resource in Irish theatre studies.

Irish Theatre in Transition

Irish Theatre in Transition

Author: D. Morse

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137450692

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 265

View: 989

The Irish Theatre in Transition explores the ever-changing Irish Theatre from its inception to its vibrant modern-day reality. This book shows some of the myriad forms of transition and how Irish theatre reflects the changing conditions of a changing society and nation.

Modern Irish Theatre

Modern Irish Theatre

Author: Mary Trotter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745654478

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 483

Analysing major Irish dramas and the artists and companies that performed them, Modern Irish Theatre provides an engaging and accessible introduction to twentieth-century Irish theatre: its origins, dominant themes, relationship to politics and culture, and influence on theatre movements around the world. By looking at her subject as a performance rather than a literary phenomenon, Trotter captures how Irish theatre has actively reflected and shaped debates about Irish culture and identity among audiences, artists, and critics for over a century. This text provides the reader with discussion and analysis of: Significant playwrights and companies, from Lady Gregory to Brendan Behan to Marina Carr, and from the Abbey Theatre to the Lyric Theatre to Field Day; Major historical events, including the war for Independence, the Troubles, and the social effects of the Celtic Tiger economy; Critical Methodologies: how postcolonial, diaspora, performance, gender, and cultural theories, among others, shed light on Irish theatre’s political and artistic significance, and how it has addressed specific national concerns. Because of its comprehensiveness and originality, Modern Irish Theatre will be of great interest to students and general readers interested in theatre studies, cultural studies, Irish studies, and political performance.