The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Drama

The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Drama

by Shaun Richards
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521008735

ISBN-13: 9780521008730

Pub. Date: 01/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The essays in this collection cover the entire range of Irish drama, from the late nineteenth-century melodramas (anticipating the rise of the Abbey Theatre) to the contemporary Dublin of theater festivals. In addition to studies of individual playwrights, the collection includes an examination of the relationship between the theater and its political context as…  See more details below

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The essays in this collection cover the entire range of Irish drama, from the late nineteenth-century melodramas (anticipating the rise of the Abbey Theatre) to the contemporary Dublin of theater festivals. In addition to studies of individual playwrights, the collection includes an examination of the relationship between the theater and its political context as reflected through its ideology, staging and programming. Including a complete chronology and bibliography, this collection will be an important introduction to one of the world's most vibrant theater cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521008730
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Chronology
1Plays of (ever) changing Ireland1
2Late nineteenth-century Irish theatre: before the Abbey - and beyond18
3The ideology of the Abbey Theatre33
4The theatre of William Butler Yeats47
5Lady Gregory's Abbey Theatre drama: Ireland real and ideal62
6J. M. Synge, 'national' drama and the post-Protestant imagination79
7On the siting of doors and windows: aesthetics, ideology and Irish stage design93
8Oscar Wilde and the politics of style109
9George Bernard Shaw and Ireland122
10Sean O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy: disillusionment to delusion136
11Ireland's 'exiled' women playwrights: Teresa Deevy and Marina Carr150
12Samuel Beckett and the countertradition164
13Brian Friel's sense of place177
14The Field Day Theatre Company191
15Tom Murphy and the children of loss204
16Reconstructing history in the Irish history play218
17The Abbey Theatre and the Irish state231
18Staging contemporary Ireland: heartsickness and hopes deferred244
19The Revival revised258
Guide to further reading271
Index278

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