Dancing at Lughnasa

Dancing at Lughnasa

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Between the premiere of Brian Friel's stage play "Dancing at Lughnasa" in 1990 and Pat O'Connor's cinematic adaptation in 1998, Ireland experienced seismic economic and social changes, as well as Riverdance, Angela's Ashes and an international vogue for all things Irish. Set in 1936, "Dancing at Lughnasa", as both film and play, imagines an anachronistic past in which the loss of joyous communal ritual is symptomatic of the cultural malaise so often associated with Ireland in the 1930s. Drawing upon unpublished material from the Friel archive at the National Library of Ireland, Joan FitzPatrick Dean contrasts the expressly theatrical elements of Friel's play and their cinematic counterparts.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 135 x 190 x 7.11mm | 163g
  • Cork, Ireland
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 1859183611
  • 9781859183618
  • 842,647

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Review of the Ireland into Film series:
"Each writer has also done an impressive amount of new archive research, which greatly enhances the series' value as fim history and film research. The volumes give full production details and where possible, contain good background interviews with writers and directors....Each volume is lavishly illustrated so that as well as providing good detailed information on the films and an engaged debate about adaptation in general, the series is also an excellent value for the collector."--Cineaste Review of the Ireland into Film series:
"Each writer has also done an impressive amount of new archive research, which greatly enhances the series' value as fim history and film research. The volumes give full production details and where possible, contain good background interviews with writers and directors....Each volume is lavishly illustrated so that as well as providing good detailed information on the films and an engaged debate about adaptation in general, the series is also an excellent value for the collector."--Cineaste
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About Joan FitzPatrick Dean

Joan FitzPatrick Dean is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. A former Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a longtime contributor to Film West, she publishes on Irish and British drama and film.
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