Riot and Great Anger: Stage Censorship in Twentieth-Century Ireland [NOOK Book]

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    Under the strict rule of twentieth century Irish censorship, creators of novels, films, and most periodicals found no option but to submit and conform to standards.  Stage productions, however, escaped official censorship. The theater became a "public space"—a place to air cultural confrontations between Church and State, individual and community, and "freedom of the theatre" versus the audience’s right to disagree.
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Riot and Great Anger: Stage Censorship in Twentieth-Century Ireland

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Overview

    Under the strict rule of twentieth century Irish censorship, creators of novels, films, and most periodicals found no option but to submit and conform to standards.  Stage productions, however, escaped official censorship. The theater became a "public space"—a place to air cultural confrontations between Church and State, individual and community, and "freedom of the theatre" versus the audience’s right to disagree.
    Joan FitzPatrick Dean’s Riot and Great Anger suggests that while there was no state censorship in early-twentieth-century Ireland, the theater often evoked heated responses from theatergoers, sometimes resulting in riots and the public denunciation of playwrights and artists. Dean examines the plays that provoked these controversies, the degree to which they were "censored" by the audience or actors, and the range of responses from both the press and the courts. She addresses familiar pieces such as those of William Butler Yeats, John Millington Synge, and Sean O’Casey, as well as the works of less known playwrights such as George Birmingham. Dean’s original research meticulously analyzes Ireland’s great theatrical tradition, both on the stage and off, concluding that the public responses to these controversial productions reveal a country that, at century’s end as at its beginning, was pluralistic, heterogeneous, and complex.  
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299196639
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2010
  • Series: Irish Studies in Literature and Culture
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,113,347
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Joan FitzPatrick Dean is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and author of Dancing at Lughnasa, David Hare, and Tom Stoppard: Comedy as a Moral Matrix.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
1 Theatrical Censorship and Disorder in Ireland
2 Theatre, Art, and Censorship
3 "The Evil Genius"
4 "The Boom of the Ban"
5 The Riot in Westport; or, George A. Birmingham at Home
6 The Freedom of the Theatre in the Irish Free State, 1922–1929
7 Irish Stage Censorship from Salome through Roly Poly
8 The Fifties
9 New Theatrical Economics
Conclusion

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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