Modern Irish Theatre

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Analysing major Irish dramas and the artists and companies that performed them, Modern Irish Theatre provides an engaging and accessible introduction to twentieth-century Irish theatre: its origins, dominant themes, relationship to politics and culture, and influence on theatre movements around the world. By looking at her subject as a performance rather than a literary phenomenon, Trotter captures how Irish theatre has actively reflected and shaped debates about Irish culture and identity among audiences, ...
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Overview

Analysing major Irish dramas and the artists and companies that performed them, Modern Irish Theatre provides an engaging and accessible introduction to twentieth-century Irish theatre: its origins, dominant themes, relationship to politics and culture, and influence on theatre movements around the world. By looking at her subject as a performance rather than a literary phenomenon, Trotter captures how Irish theatre has actively reflected and shaped debates about Irish culture and identity among audiences, artists, and critics for over a century.
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“Mary Trotter’s Modern Irish Theatre will find a permanent residence on the reading lists for every course I teach on modern and contemporary drama. Her expertise is vast and deep, and this book makes a fine, unique contribution to our knowledge of the ‘infinite variety’ of Irish drama.”
Stephen Watt, Indiana University

“Through a set of superbly constructed phases Mary Trotter situates twentieth-century Irish theatre in its evolving socio-political contexts. She covers theatrical activities from Belfast to Cork and from Dublin to Galway, analysing along the way a vast array of texts and performances from the high modernism of the early Abbey through to the community theatre of Charabanc. In a highly accessible style she articulates superbly how Irish theatre has performed the nation, how its use of realism can be read as counter-hegemonic, and how representations of gender and race have disrupted the myth of the rural in the theatrical imaginary.”
Brian Singleton, Trinity College, Dublin

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Meet the Author

Mary Trotter is Associate Professor of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Table of Contents

Timeline of Significant Events in Irish Arts and Politics

Introduction

Pt. I Performing the Nation, 1891-1916

Introduction to Part I

1 Imagining an Aesthetic: Modern Irish Theatre's First Years

2 Realisms and Regionalisms

Pt. II War and After, 1916-1948

Introduction to Part II

3 The Abbey Becomes Institution, 1916-1929

4 New Voices of the 1930s and 1940s

Pt. III Rewriting Tradition, 1948-1980

Introduction to Part III

5 Irish Theatre in the 1950s

6 Irish Theatre's Second Wave

Pt. IV Re-imagining Ireland, 1980-2007

Introduction to Part IV

7 Theatres Without Borders: Irish Theatre in the 1980s

8 A New Sense of Place: Irish Theatre since the 1990s

Conclusion: What is an Irish Play?

Notes

Bibliography

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