Dancing at Lughnasa

Overview

* Lucid and accessible style makes the series appealing to the general reader
* Liberally illustrated throughout with stills from the film under discussion.
* Collaboration between Cork University Press and the Film Institute of Ireland.

Between the première of Brian Friel’s stage play "Dancing at Lughnasa" in 1990 and Pat O’Connor’s cinematic adaptation in 1998, Ireland experienced seismic economic and social changes, as well as "Riverdance", "Angela’s Ashes" and an international vogue for all things Irish. Set ...

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Overview

* Lucid and accessible style makes the series appealing to the general reader
* Liberally illustrated throughout with stills from the film under discussion.
* Collaboration between Cork University Press and the Film Institute of Ireland.

Between the première of Brian Friel’s stage play "Dancing at Lughnasa" in 1990 and Pat O’Connor’s cinematic adaptation in 1998, Ireland experienced seismic economic and social changes, as well as "Riverdance", "Angela’s Ashes" and an international vogue for all things Irish. Set in 1936, "Dancing at Lughnasa", as both film and play, imagines an anachronistic past in which the loss of joyous communal ritual is symptomatic of the cultural malaise so often associated with Ireland in the 1930s. Drawing upon unpublished material from the Friel archive at the National Library of Ireland, Joan FitzPatrick Dean contrasts the expressly theatrical elements of Friel’s play and their cinematic counterparts

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Review of the Ireland into Film series:
"Each writer has also done an impressive amount of new archive research, which greatly enhances the series' value as fim history and film research. The volumes give full production details and where possible, contain good background interviews with writers and directors.…Each volume is lavishly illustrated so that as well as providing good detailed information on the films and an engaged debate about adaptation in general, the series is also an excellent value for the collector."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859183618
  • Publisher: Cork University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Ireland into Film Series
  • Pages: 98
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan FitzPatrick Dean Dean is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. A former Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a longtime contributor to Film West, she publishes on Irish and British drama and film.

Keith Hopper teaches Literature and Film Studies for Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education and for St Clare’s International College, Oxford. He is general editor of the Ireland into Film series (2001-2007).

Gráinne Humphreys is image editor for the Series. She is Head of Education at the Irish Film Institute.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 An Anachronistic Past 4
2 Play/Screenplay/Film 21
3 Music and Dance 38
4 Narration and Memory 53
5 Derelict Ritual 62
6 Reception 71
Conclusion 85
Credits 88
Notes 90
Bibliography 99
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