A Century of Irish Drama

A Century of Irish Drama : Widening the Stage

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This book traces a significant shift in 20th century Irish theatre from the largely national plays produced in Dublin to a more expansive international art form. Confirmed by the recent success outside of Ireland of the "third wave" of Irish playwrights writing in the 1990s, the new Irish drama has encouraged critics to reconsider both the early national theatre and the dramatic tradition it fostered.On the occasion of the centenary of the first professional production of the Irish Literary Theatre, the contributors to this volume investigate contemporary Irish drama's aesthetic features and socio-political commitments and re-read the plays produced earlier in the century. Although these essayists cover a wide range of topics, from the productions and objectives of the Abbey Theatre'sfirst rivals to mid-century theatre festivals, to plays about the "Troubles" in the North, they all reassess the oppositions so commonplace in critical discussions of Irish drama: nationalism vs. internationalism, high vs. low culture, urban experience vs. rural or peasant life. A Century of Irish Drama includes essays on such figures as W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge, Sean O'Casey, Brendan Behan, Samuel Beckett, Marina Carr, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness, Christina Read, Martin McDonagh, and many more.Stephen Watt is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington, and author of Postmodern/Drama: Reading the Contemporary Stage, Joyce, O'Casey, and the Irish Popular Theatre, and essays on Irish and Irish-American culture. He has also written extensively on higher education, most recently Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary for Higher Education (with Cary Nelson).Eileen M. Morgan is a lecturer in English and Irish Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently working on Sean O'Faolain's biographies of De Valera and on Edna O'Brien's 1990s trilogy, and is preparing a book-length study on the influence of radio in Ireland.Shakir Mustafa is a Visiting Instructor in the English department at Indiana University. His work has appeared in such journals as New Hibernia Review and The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, and he is now translating Arabic short stories into English.Drama and Performance Studies-Timothy Wiles, general editorshow more

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 24mm | 521.63g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 025321419X
  • 9780253214195
  • 93,143

About Stephen Watt

Stephen Watt is Professor of English at Indiana University. Stephen Watt is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington, and the author of Postmodern/Drama: Reading the Contemporary Stage (1998) and Joyce, O'Casey, and the Irish Popular Theatre (1991). In addition to publishing essays on Irish and Irish-American Culture, he has also written extensively on higher education, most recently Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary for Higher Education (1999), co-authored with Cary Nelson.Eileen M. Morgan Assistant Professor of English at SUNY-Oneonta and the author of essays on contemporary Irish culture. She completed a dissertation at Indiana University on twentieth-century Irish fiction and film in 1998, and her essay on Neil Jordan's film Michael Collins appeared recently in New Hibernia Review. She is currently working on Sean O'Faolain's biographies of De Valera and on Edna O'Brien's 1990s trilogy, and is preparing a book-length study on the influence of radio in Ireland.Shakir Mustafa is Assistant Professsor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Boston University. He recently completed a dissertation at Indiana University on Irish revisionism and modernist Irish literature. His essays on Irish literature, particularly on Joyce and Irish revisionism, have appeared in such journals as THE NEW HIBERNIA REVIEW and THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF IRISH STUDIES.and he is, at present, working on a translation of Arabic short stories into English.show more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:A Century of Irish DramaWidening the StageEdited by Stephen Watt, Eileen Morgan, and Shakir MustafaForeword by Shivaun O'CaseyAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Re-thinking the Abbey and the Concept of a National Theatre /Eileen MorganPart One: Challenging the Received View of Early Twentieth-Century Irish Theatre1. The Founding Years and the Irish National Theatre That Was Not /John P. Harrington2. The Alternative Aesthetic: The Theatre of Ireland's Urban Plays /Nelson O Ceallaigh Ritschel3. Of Orangemen and Green Theatres: The Ulster Literary Theatre's Regional Nationalism /Laura E. LyonsPart Two: Theorizing and Historicizing Theatre Controversies4. The Abbey and the Theatrics of Controversy, 1909-1915 /Lucy McDiarmid5. More Than a Morbid, Unhealthy Mind: Public Health and the Playboy Riots /Susan Cannon Harris6. Saying "No" to Politics: Sean O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy /Shakir MustafaPart Three: Reconstructing Drama During the "Fatal Fifties"7. O'Casey's The Drums of Father Ned in Context /Christopher Murray8. Love and Death: A Reconsideration of Behan and Genet /Stephen Watt9. Playing Outside with Samuel Beckett /Judith RoofPart Four: Contemporary Theatre Projects and Revivals10. Translating Women into Irish Theatre History /Mary Trotter11. "I've Never Been Just Me": Re-Thinking Women's Positions in Christina Reid's Plays /Carla J. McDonough12. Neither Here Nor There: The Liminal Position of Teresa Deevy and Her Female Characters /Christie Fox13. Playwrights of the Western World: Synge, Murphy, McDonagh /Jose Lanters14. The Passion Theatre Company's Everyday Life /Lauren OnkeyPart Five: Irish History on the Contemporary Stage15. The Book at the Center of the Stage: Friel's Making History and The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing /Kathleen Hohenleitner16. "Ireland, the Continuous Past": Stewart Parker's Belfast History Plays /Marilynn Richtarik17. Frank McGuinness and the Ruins of History /James Hurt18. The End of History: The Millennial Urge in the Plays of Sebastian Barry /Scott T. CummingsBibliographyContributorsIndexshow more

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