This collection covers the whole range of Irish drama from the late nineteenth-century melodramas to contemporary Dublin theatre festivals.
Table of Contents
Notes on contributors; Chronology; 1. Plays of (ever) changing Ireland Shaun Richards; 2. Late nineteenth-century Irish theatre: before the Abbey - and beyond Stephen Watt; 3. The ideology of the Abbey theatre Adrian Frazier; 4. The theatre of William Butler Yeats Joep Leerssen; 5. Lady Gregory's Abbey theatre drama: Ireland real and ideal James Pethica; 6. J. M. Synge, 'national' drama and the post-Protestant imagination Mary C. King; 7. On the siting of doors and windows: aesthetics, ideology and Irish stage design Richard Allen Cave; 8. Oscar Wilde and the politics of style Neil Sammells; 9. George Bernard Shaw and Ireland Gearóid O'Flaherty; 10. Sean O'Casey's Dublin trilogy: disillusionment to delusion Ronan McDonald; 11. Ireland's 'exiled' woman playwrights: Teresa Deevy and Marina Carr Cathy Leeney; 12. Samuel Beckett and the counter-tradition John P. Harrington; 13. Brian Friel's sense of place Helen Lojek; 14. The Field Day Theatre Company Marilynn Richtarik; 15. Tom Murphy and the children of loss Nicholas Grene; 16. Reconstructing history in the Irish history play Claire Gleitman; 17. The Abbey theatre and the Irish state Lionel Pilkington; 18. Staging contemporary Ireland: heartsickness and hopes deferred Vic Merriman; 19. The revival revised Brian Singleton; Guide to further reading; Index.
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