A Reader's Guide to Modern Irish Drama

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A Reader's Guide to Modern Irish Drama provides an introduction to one of the great dramatic and theatrical traditions of Western culture. Filling a pressing need in the literature, this book includes information on the most recent and youngest playwrights working today at the Abbey, Druid, and Lyric Theatres. Most significantly, Sternlicht discusses the important plays of all the playwrights included and the major themes of modern Irish drama: the struggle for independence, the cruelty of poverty, the pains of ...
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Overview

A Reader's Guide to Modern Irish Drama provides an introduction to one of the great dramatic and theatrical traditions of Western culture. Filling a pressing need in the literature, this book includes information on the most recent and youngest playwrights working today at the Abbey, Druid, and Lyric Theatres. Most significantly, Sternlicht discusses the important plays of all the playwrights included and the major themes of modern Irish drama: the struggle for independence, the cruelty of poverty, the pains of emigration and exile, the decline of the Anglo-Irish ascendency, the power of religion, the longing for land, and the familial and gender conflicts of a people in post-colonial transition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815605256
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Series: Reader's Guide to Literature Ser.
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Backgrounds
1 Early Irish History 3
2 The Century of Destiny 8
3 The Literary Tradition 12
4 The Irish Theater 16
Playwrights and Plays
5 A Thematic Introduction 29
6 Lady Gregory 33
7 William Butler Yeats 46
8 George Bernard Shaw 64
9 John Millington Synge 68
10 Other Early Modern Dramatists 77
Padraic Colum 77
T. C. Murray 79
George Fitzmaurice 81
Lennox Robinson 83
George Shiels 85
11 Sean O'Casey 88
12 Along with O'Casey 96
Paul Vincent Carroll 96
Denis Johnston 98
M. J. Molloy 100
13 Samuel Beckett 102
14 Brendan Behan 112
15 Brian Friel 116
16 Other Contemporary Dramatists 128
Hugh Leonard 128
John B. Keene 129
Eugene McCabe 129
Tom Mac Intyre 130
Thomas Kilroy 131
Tom Murphy 132
Stewart Parker 134
Christina Reid 135
Neil Donnelly 136
Anne Devlin 137
Marie Jones 138
Frank McGuinness 139
Michael Harding 141
Sebastian Barry 141
Niall Williams 142
Donal O'Kelly 143
Vincent Woods 144
Marina Carr 145
Martin McDonagh 146
Selected Critical Bibliography 151
Index 153
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2002

    a must have for scholars of drama and Irish issues

    This is one of the better guides to Irish drama in publication today.

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