The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Dramaby Shaun Richards
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 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.
Table of ContentsNotes 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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