Performing the Body in Irish Theatre

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Performing the Body in Irish Theatrecharts a performance tradition that lives alongside a literary legacy and offers a highly original and contemporary analysis of Irish theater. Productions of plays by renowned Irish playwrights Friel, MacIntyre and others are investigated to highlight the staged body, issues of representation, transformation and recovery of tradition. Each chapter focuses on performance and identity, postcolonialism and gender, to interrogate the chosen texts as performance, rather than ...

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Overview

Performing the Body in Irish Theatrecharts a performance tradition that lives alongside a literary legacy and offers a highly original and contemporary analysis of Irish theater. Productions of plays by renowned Irish playwrights Friel, MacIntyre and others are investigated to highlight the staged body, issues of representation, transformation and recovery of tradition. Each chapter focuses on performance and identity, postcolonialism and gender, to interrogate the chosen texts as performance, rather than primarily dramatic texts, and the book's conclusion addresses the performance of the body in recent Irish productions.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781403997098
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
• The Absent Body? Performing Tradition
• The Inanimate Body—The Great Hunger * The Savage Body—The Saxon Shore * The Dancing Body—Dancing at Lughnasa * The Troubled Body—At the Black Pig's Dyke * The Indeterminate Body—Low in the Dark
• The Present Body? Evolving Tradition
• Index

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