Ireland's National Theaters: Political Performance and the Origins of the Irish Dramatic Movement

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In the annals of Irish studies and theater history much has been written about the Abbey Theatre. Now, Mary Trotter not only sheds new light on that company's history but also examines other groups with a range of political, religious, gender, and class perspectives that consciously used performance to promote ideas about nationalism and culture in Ireland at the turn of the last century.

This innovative, interdisciplinary work details how different nationalist organizations ...

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Overview

In the annals of Irish studies and theater history much has been written about the Abbey Theatre. Now, Mary Trotter not only sheds new light on that company's history but also examines other groups with a range of political, religious, gender, and class perspectives that consciously used performance to promote ideas about nationalism and culture in Ireland at the turn of the last century.

This innovative, interdisciplinary work details how different nationalist organizations with diverse political and artistic goals employed theater as an anticolonial tool. In Dublin's turbulent cultural and political arena during the first decades of the twentieth century, nationalist audiences read popular Irish melodramas in subversive ways; the Daughters of Erin staged tableaux of great women heroes; and the Abbey players earned both acclaim and apprehension within the nationalist community.

Here is a compelling analysis of these and other groups' prominent role in Irish nationalism in the years before Easter 1916, and the way these political theaters gave birth to modern Irish drama.

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Much has been written about the Abbey Theatre, but Trotter (English Purdue U.) broadens the view by looking at diverse political, religious, gender, and class oriented groups at the turn of the 20th century that consciously used performance to promote ideas about nationalism and culture in Ireland. She particularly details how they parlayed theater into an anticolonial tactic by defying British stereotypes, igniting rhetoric on martyrdom, and other means. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815628880
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Irish Studies Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: National Formations, Theatrical Formations
1 "Ancient Idealism" on a Modern Stage: The Irish Literary Theatre 1
2 Popular Drama's Response to Stage Irish Stereotypes: The Queen's Royal Theatre 35
3 Women's Work and the Irish Nationalist Actress: Inghinidhe na hEireann 73
4 Nationalist Performance Becomes Profession: The Abbey Theatre 101
5 The Boys of St. Enda's: The Rhetoric of Redemption in Padraic Pearse's Social and Aesthetic Theaters 137
Afterword 167
App A Timeline of Political and Theatrical Events in Ireland 173
References 183
Index 197
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