The Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel

The Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel

by Anthony Roche
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521666864

ISBN-13: 9780521666862

Pub. Date: 10/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Brian Friel is widely recognized as Ireland's greatest living playwright, winning an international reputation through such acclaimed works as Translations (1980) and Dancing at Lughnasa (1990). This collection of specially commissioned essays explores the entire range of his career. The essays approach Friel's plays both as literary texts and as performed drama, and

Overview

Brian Friel is widely recognized as Ireland's greatest living playwright, winning an international reputation through such acclaimed works as Translations (1980) and Dancing at Lughnasa (1990). This collection of specially commissioned essays explores the entire range of his career. The essays approach Friel's plays both as literary texts and as performed drama, and provide the perfect introduction for students as well as theatregoers. This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive study of Friel's work to be published, and includes a chronology and further reading suggestions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521666862
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents


List of contributors     vii
Acknowledgments     x
Note on the text     xi
Chronology     xii
Introduction   Anthony Roche     1
The early plays   Thomas Kilroy     6
Surviving the 1960s: three plays by Brian Friel 1968-1971   Frank McGuinness     18
Friel and the Northern Ireland "Troubles" play   Stephen Watt     30
Family affairs: Friel's plays of the late 1970s   Anthony Roche     41
Five ways of looking at Faith Healer   Nicholas Grene     53
Translations, the Field Day debate and the re-imagining of Irish identity   Martine Pelletier     66
Dancing at Lughnasa and the unfinished revolution   Helen Lojek     78
The late plays   George O'Brien     91
Friel's Irish Russia   Richard Pine     104
Friel and performance history   Patrick Burke     117
Friel's dramaturgy: the visual dimension   Richard Allen Cave     129
Performativity, unruly bodies and gender in Brian Friel's drama   Anna McMullan     142
Brian Friel as postcolonial playwright   Csilla Bertha     154
Selectbibliography     166
Index     172

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