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Amid Our Troubles: Irish Versions of Greek Tragedies

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New essays on ancient Greek classics from Ireland's greatest living dramatists and academics

That so many Irish playwrights should returban to the Greek classics can not really be a surprise. Drama in Ireland is still a means of exploring the issues of family and state; of gender, class and race; of the oppressors and the oppressed. It is political in the broad sense in which the Greeks understood the word, involving everyone - immediate but ...

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Overview

New essays on ancient Greek classics from Ireland's greatest living dramatists and academics

That so many Irish playwrights should returban to the Greek classics can not really be a surprise. Drama in Ireland is still a means of exploring the issues of family and state; of gender, class and race; of the oppressors and the oppressed. It is political in the broad sense in which the Greeks understood the word, involving everyone - immediate but concentrated through parallel and parable.

This collection of provocative essays reveals how some of the great Irish poets and dramatists, of the past and present, have drawn on Greek myths and used these stories, which have travelled across three thousand years, to bring new insights on the world in which we now live.

Including essays from, amongst others, Athol Fugard, Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin Amid Our Troubles looks at the work of such writers as Marina Carr, Brian Friel, Brendan Kennelly, Frank McGuinness and W. B. Yeats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413771421
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Plays and Playwrights Series
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Hit or Myth: the Greeks and Irish Drama 3
The Irish and Greek Tragedy 37
App Greek Tragedy in Ireland 80
Translations into Irish of Greek Drama and of Other Works Concerning Greece 87
'After Hippolytus': Irish Versions of Phaedra's Story 101
Antigone in Africa 128
Field Day's Greeks (and Russians) 148
Antigone 165
The Cure at Troy: Productions Notes in No Particular Order 171
Seamus Heaney and the Oresteia: 'Mycenae Lookout' and the Usefulness of Tradition 181
Women in Irish Appropriations of Greek Tragedy 198
'Is Medea's Crime Medea's Glory?': Euripides in Dublin 213
The Return of Persephone? Missing Demeter in Irish Theatre 232
Unmasking the Myths? Marina Carr's: By the Bog of Cats ... and On Raftery's Hill 243
The Sophoclean Killing Fields: an Interview with Frank McGuinness 263
Index 283
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